St Paul’s Collegiate School’s Kapa Haka group provides an avenue for students to learn, express and showcase Māori heritage and culture through performing arts. The group gives all ethnicities the opportunity to learn about
Māori custom. For the Māori community, it presents the opportunity to rediscover cultural roots or holdfast to traditional knowledge.
Students of all year levels are encouraged to join Kapa Haka for a fun, eye-opening experience. The group get together on a weekly basis to learn cultural traditions and to practice Māori song and dance. Some of the activities the group enjoy are:
- Noho Marae (an overnight stay at a marae);
- performance at school events including weekly chapel services;
- competitions; and
- a visit to Rainbows End as whakawhanaungatanga (building relationships).
Outside of the Kapa Haka group, students of St Paul’s are still able to enjoy and experience Māori activities throughout the school year, including:
- Māori Language Week and Matariki (New Year);
- pōwhiri welcoming ceremonies;
- the annual House Haka Competition; and
- Waiata (song) and Karakia (prayer).
Students of all year levels can also choose to learn Te Reo Māori and Te Reo Rangatira (Māori language) through the school’s academic programme.