MAORI157-19B (HAM)

Ngā Mahi a Rehia: An Introduction to Kapa Haka

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper is an introduction to Kapa Haka the Māori Performing Arts (dance). Students will be taught the origins of kapa haka through Māori histories and stories. Students will be taught a basic level of kapa haka and introduced to the art of group singing, hand and foot coordination and choreography which will prepare them to perform Kapa Haka as a member of a group.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through a series of lectures. It is advised that students attend all lectures to prepare for the end of semester performance.

The information you need to help you complete this paper will be delivered in three ways:

  1. There are four contact hours per week consisting of 2 two-hour lectures.
  2. A Facebook page will be set up to assist students with the learning of songs, lyrics and hand and foot movements.
  3. Students will also have access to learning materials on Moodle.

To join the Facebook group page go to Facebook and in the search bar type in MAORI157-19B, click join group.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Understand the genesis of ‘Kapa Haka’
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  • Demonstrate understandings of Kapa Haka through reflection and critique using relevant readings, research and class discussions and written work
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  • Perform waiata, poi and haka in front of a live audience
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  • Perform with confidence a waiata Māori / Māori song: waiata tira - group song, whakaeke - entrance, mōteatea - traditional song, poi, waiata-ā-ringa - action song, haka, whakawātea - exit in a group by reciting the lyrics and storing the lyrics to memory
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  • Sing and perform with confidence as a member of a Kapa Haka; melodies, harmonies, octave ranges, pitching and inclination to attain a blended Kapa Haka sound
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  • Demonstrate hand and feet coordination to perform waiata, poi (wahine) and haka (tāne)
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  • Identify different types of Māori performance genres (haka, poi, waiata, mōteatea)
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Presentation Waiata-ā-Ringa
23 Jul 2019
3:00 PM
  • Presentation: In Class
2. Group Work / Peer reviewed
23 Jul 2019
11:30 PM
  • Email: Lecturer
3. Essay
14 Aug 2019
4:30 PM
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box
4. Public Performance
10 Oct 2019
6:00 PM
  • Other:
5. Tikanga and Participation
  • Other: Students' attendance in class will be marked.
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Best, E. (1976). Games and pastimes of the Maori. Wellington: Government Printer.

Gardiner. (2010). Haka: a living tradition. Auckland: Hodder Moa.

Huata, N. (2000). The rhythm and life of poi. Auckland: Harper Collins.

Karetu, T. (1994). Haka: Dance of a noble people. Auckland: Reed.

Royal, T. A. (1994). Kati au i konei. Wellington: Huia.

Royal, T. A. (2005). The light dances: the creative possibilities of haka: expanding our understanding of haka in history, inspiring the composition and performance of new haka. Wellington: Orotokare. Te Matatini. (2009). Nga tatangi a te whare karioi. Wellington: Huia.

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Other Resources

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Online Support

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This paper is supported by online resources via Moodle. You will need to access Moodle weekly to update readings and complete set online tasks. You can access this paper TIKA157 via
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This paper is a 15 point paper, so there is a total of 150 hours over 14 weeks (1 point = 10 hours of work). Due to the Performance / Preparation Tech Time hours being in the last two weeks of the paper, you'll find these hours haven't been counted in weekly hours but are counted in the overall 150 hours.

Course HoursWeekly Hours
Lectures48 hoursLectures4 hours
Independent Learning92 hoursIndependent Learning6.5 hours
Performance / Preparation Tech Time10 hoursPerformance / Preparation Tech Time
Total150 hoursTotal10.5 hours
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is an elective of the Maori & Indigenous Studies major.
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