Kapa haka is the term for Māori performing arts —
kapa = to form a line
haka = to dance.
Kapa haka involves an emotional and powerful combination of song, dance and chanting. It is performed by cultural groups on marae, at schools, and during special events and festivals.
During a kapa haka performance, you could experience a range of compositions, from chants and choral singing to graceful action songs and ferocious war dances. Some performances even include skilled demonstrations of traditional weaponry.
We are fortunate at Ilam School to have a skilled kapa haka tutor who works throughout the year with the student group, which performs at assemblies and special occasions.