Kapa haka for beginners….

and no I don’t just mean the tamariki! YOU TOO…. because how many of us find ourselves in charge of  kapa haka because we

  • have shown a little bit of interest
  • can play the guitar (even if it’s D G A)
  • are Māori (therefore we must be the expert lol)
  • can sing Pōkarekare ana

Some of us may know a few waiata-a-ringa but we have never been formally “taught” how to perform correct actions.
Because I love Thinglink so much and kapa haka I put together this little resource that may help you.
In 2014 a show “Kia mau” was put together to help tamariki with their kapa haka moves. There are a series of “building blocks” as in basic moves to form a waiata-a-ringa.  The “spots” on the kapa haka picture below are the links for these.
Many of us find ourselves being the K H experts when we don’t know too much about it-but it’s just such a positive vibe to be involved in K H and seeing some of the personal “styles” the tamariki pull out is a laugh too (and the kaiako for that matter).
The programme has several other waiata and the kupu for this one “Nau mai, haere mai” can be downloaded here.
There are also some lovely little waiata- this one for pronunciation and this for counting to ten and asking how many, e hia?There are clips on locations- runga and raro (up and down) and mauī, matau, waenganui (left, right and in the middle).

Kia mau-kapa haka moves!

The beauty of this is that the tamariki could teach themselves some of these moves and make up their own waiata-a-ringa.
It could be a good warm up in the morning and there is plenty of fun to be had in working together with kapa haka.
What do you think of these clips? Let me know how you go with them.
Ngā mihi,

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  • Tena koe Michelle…. Nga mihi ki a koe mo to mahi katoa. I pop in time to time to see what awesome new stuff you have for us all to try. Kei runga noa atu koe e hoa. Rawe.
    Eric

  • Kia ora Michele, so glad you made this website! I have taught kapa haka for years (not too sure how well lol) but am always on the lookout for how I can improve and keep the children interested and engaged. Its tricky when you have 70 plus children with only 1 expert! So would love more ideas such as games to use during kapa haka time 😉

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