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Kapa Haka Festival

When:

Thu 12 Sep 2019, 9:00am–3:00pm
Fri 13 Sep 2019, 9:00am–3:00pm

Where: Dannevirke Town Hall, McPhee St, Dannevirke, Tararua

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free
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Listed by: Tararua i-SITE

Immerse yourself In Maori culture at this Kapa Haka Festival
- Kapa haka is the term for Māori performing arts and literally means 'group' (kapa) and 'dance' (haka). Kapa haka is an avenue for Māori people to express and showcase their heritage and cultural Polynesian identity through song and dance.

Kapa haka dates back to pre-European times where it developed from all traditional forms of Māori pastimes; haka, mau rākau (weaponry), poi (ball attached to rope or string) and mōteatea (traditional Māori songs). These everyday activities were influential to the development of kapa haka.

A kapa haka performance involves choral singing, dance and movements associated in the hand-to-hand combat practised by Māori in mainly precolonial times, presented in a synchronisation of action, timing, posture, footwork and sound. The genre evolved out of a combination of European and Māori musical principles.