The group gives all ethnicities the opportunity to learn about Maaori culture. For the Maaori community, it presents the opportunity to rediscover cultural roots or holdfast to traditional knowledge.
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 Maaori activities throughout the school year, including:
- Maaori Language Week and Matariki (New Year);
- Poowhiri 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 Maaori and Te Reo Rangatira (Maaori language) through the school’s academic programme.