What is Kapa haka?
Kapa haka is the term for Māori performing arts. It is an opportunity for people to express and showcase Maori heritage and culture through song and dance.
Banks Avenue School Kapa haka Group
We always have a large number of members in our Kapa haka group who work extremely hard to prepare for the Cultural festival, school performances and special occasions. Our Kapa haka group has performed at the Palms, school fairs and Cultural Festivals in the past and we are all looking forward to our performances coming up this year.
We practise every week on Friday from 11:30am till 12:30pm. Kapa haka is a group which the children commit to and must attend practises. When they miss three or more (for no reason) they are no longer part of our group. The reason we do this is because there are a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ efforts which go into the performances and the organisation of the group. Occasionally, we will have Sunday practises to get ready for the performances.
Cultural Festival 2017
On the 14 August 2017 our Kapa haka group performed at the Christchurch Cultural Festival held in the Horncastle Arena. Eighty children were involved. We were very proud of their efforts. Click play to watch their performance.