Welcome to Arts Online

Te Kete Ipurangi Navigation:

Te Kete Ipurangi

Te Kete Ipurangi user options:

Back to the 'Jump link' navigation, at the top of the page

Pasifika Culture Groups in Schools

HakaHiva's vision is to provide opportunities for all New Zealand student to experience Pacific Island cultures by actively participating in a culture group, lead by a HakaHiva tutor within their school. The Program aims to 1. teach students about various aspects of pacific island cultures through song and dance 2. Provide a fun and interesting learning environment in line with the NZ Curriculum where each student is a valued member of the group and encouraged to be self-motivated and encouraging of others. 3. Implement a performance based programme where students prepare to demonstrate what they have learnt through a group performance at the end of the unit. The program is flexible and designed to meet the specific needs of each school. The program overview is comprehensive and includes links to the NZ Curriculums' key competencies, learning areas, a sample lesson format & overview, behaviour management & expectations. It also links to the Ministry of Educations' Pasifika Education Plan 2008-2012. The program is inclusive and encourages all students to participate in experiencing some the cultures that contribute to our multi-cultural society.

Artist Information



Phone: 0211110634 or 078467567

Email: hakahiva@hotmail.com


HakaHiva Director/Program Co-ordinator - Penny Grey
Fully Registered Teacher - 5 years teaching experience.
Variety of dance & performance experience from Cook Is dancing to Hip-Hop.
4 years experience as backstage manager for large shows & regional competitions.
Co-ordinator & tutor of School Pasifika Groups 2003-2008
Currently running the HakaHiva Pasifika Culture Groups in Schools Program in 3 Waikato Schools.

Tiana Griffin - Tutor
B/Soc Sci
Years of cultural performance experience. Experience tutoring school groups in Pacific Island Dance. Memember of Waikato Uni & The Hamilton Cook Island Association.

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Dance, Music

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Pacific Island Song & Dance

Languages Spoken: English

Target Age Group: Junior Primary, Middle Primary, Senior Primary, Junior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Large (20+)

Regions: Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato


2008 - November, December

Space and Resources Required: Adequate space to manage 35 max students. OHP and/or projector on occasion if available - not essential. We supply all our own equipment.

Indicative Costs:

  • $60 per hour
  • Travel: .50c per km

Mode of Delivery: Totorials within the school.

Cultural Context: Pasifika


Another Dance Company moved from the U.K to New Zealand in August 2010.

A.D.C's work includes;
- professional contemporary choreography & performance
- dance education for young people and adults within formal education and the community
- project management.

Our dance education work includes performance projects, cross-curricular work, dance P.E, extended schools clubs and S.E.N projects.

Performance projects range from choreographing dance with young people to planning, creating and managing performance events.

Another Dance Company create cross-curricular projects to engage young people in curriculum subjects through dance. A.D.C's main focus in this area so far has been to bring literature to life through movement. A.D.C. secured funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation (U.K.) to work with 6 different schools on a dance and text project. Each group created a dance based upon a story, which they went on to perform. The entire project was conceived, planned, choreographed and managed by A.D.C.

Another Dance Company deliver dance P.E. sessions with a focus upon developing and refining movement skills. Sessions can include music and drama components for a more holistic performing arts experience.

A.D.C facilitate longer term in-depth projects with a real focus on the development of young people. Dance is the medium to achieve change in other areas of young people's lives. Agreed specific aims, decided with the school and pupils, steer the content of the delivery. Through Creative Partnerships (a flagship government initiative in the U.K) Another Dance Company have delivered focused projects to raise confidence and aspirations, and to improve reading and writing skills.

Another Dance Company create and deliver sessions and performance projects for young people with special educational needs. Past projects have included regular sessions leading to performances, intensive arts week dance activities, and youth group projects. A.D.C work in both primary and secondary S.E.N. schools as well as with community groups.

Another Dance Company deliver a range of adult projects.
Past work includes;
-teaching the dance & movement component of the Circus in Performance Course at Greentop Circus,
-leading adult community sessions,
-establishing and organising Sheffield Dance Collective; monthly workshops with guest teachers for the professional dance community.

A.D.C create and facilitate inset training days for teachers. Mentoring programmes support performing arts specialists working in education. Another Dance Company devise and manage projects from conception to evaluation.

Laura Aldridge, artistic director of Another Dance Company, has a BPA in Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (U.K) and 4 years experience in dance education.

Programme Information


Forest Lake School

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: No

Back to the 'Jump link' navigation, at the top of the page