MUSA252-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Kapa Haka - Introducing Maori Performing Arts

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


Designed for Maori and non-Maori, performance competent and new learners, language and non-language students this course takes the class on a journey of exploration to a high level of performance studying the mythological and traditional origins and tikanga of performing arts, moteatea (traditional song), poi (ball dance), waiata a-ringa (action song), haka and the art of warfare, mau rakau (weaponry - ti rakau, titi torea, hapai rakau, taiaha, patu), the role of male and female leaders, biographies of important composers, the renaissance of performing arts and competition. Students learn a full performance bracket and a selection of ancient, historical and sacred classic tribal anthems including: E pa to hau; Kikiki, Tika tonu, Taku rakau, Ruaumoko, E rere te ao, Ka eke ki Wairaka

He tina ki runga, he tāmore ki raro
- In order to flourish above, one must be firmly rooted below.

MAOR282 is an introductory course in Māori performing arts that blends knowledge and practice. If you have ever wanted to know why the All Blacks haka or people sing at Māori events, or if you have ever wanted to be able to confidently haka or lead a waiata, this course is a great place to start. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this course is that the class as a whole learns an entire kapa haka set, including a haka, waiata-a-ringa (songs with hand movements) and poi.

MAOR282 will also teach you about significant Māori composers and leaders – those people that shaped the world of Māori performing arts and the role it plays in modern Māori society. Most of all, this paper gives you a fun and unique opportunity to experience Te Reo Māori in a rich, team based environment.

MAOR282 is a dynamic paper that will suit students looking for a fun entry or seeking to build comfort and confidence to work within Te Ao Māori. The All blacks have taken the haka Ka Mate! around the globe. Now performed spontaneously at weddings and welcomes, how much do we know about haka’s like this as a practicality and performance?

Questions considered in this course are:
• What is Kapa Haka exactly, what is the history, wisdom, and how does it serves the people today and historically?
• What are the aspects encompassing Māori performance and why are they used, what is the place of smiles, weapons, aggression, bulging eyes and extended tongue?
• When the All blacks perform a haka, how should other teams respond, are they right to be offended at times?
• Knowing a history of a performed piece, the intention and story it tells, is it ok for haka to be performed by American football teams? What does a flawed performance mean for Māori?

Themes raised in this course are:
• The act of putting shyness aside with warmth support in becoming a Kapa
• Qualities of Māori performance, ihi, wihi, wana
• Cultural Appropriation and ownership
• Expressing indigenous knowledge though Performance
• Haka, Poi, Waiata, Moteatea, Kanikani Course Goals
• Understand the exploding world of Māori performance and the meanings and structure of common aspects.
• Greater comfort in things Māori leading to better relationships with Māori
• Experience the strength and exhilaration emanating from performing Kapa haka
• Gain an informed opinion about cultural appropriation of things Māori

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the different performances that make up kapa haka
  • Understand the meaning behind different kapa haka performances
  • Be introduced to the long history of Kapa haka performance
  • Connect with the lessons through basic performance as a group

    Māori culture is integral in New Zealand and therefore papers that explore the depth of knowledge in Māori apply to numerous pathways
  • All government agencies
  • Community roles especially in Māori and Iwi sectors
  • Professional social services
  • Health sector roles
  • Kaupapa Māori Research
  • Police
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Translation
  • Sales and marketing
  • Media
  • Leadership and Management Transferrable Skills

    This course contributes to the development of the following transferable skills:
  • Analytic
  • Listening
  • Communication
  • Performing
  • Increased confidence
  • Cultural awareness
  • Leadership
  • Team work


Any 15 points at 100 level from MAOR, MUSA, or
TREO, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the MusB or the Schedule V of the BA.


MAOR282,TREO282, MAOR 382, TREO 382

Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Grant Kururangi


Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $916.00

International fee $4,488.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

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  • MUSA252-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023