Kapa Haka Festival Gala – Okaiawa Primary School
How the small rural school of Okaiawa initiated, organised, and ran a kapa haka festival gala for total immersion and mainstream schools in the local area.
School and teachers
Okaiawa is a decile 3 school with 21 students – one third of whom are Māori. This is a sole charge school in rural Taranaki and has a social worker attached to the school. The teacher aide/kaiako and the social worker support, promote, and teach tikanga Māori in the school.
Purpose and outcomes
The purpose was to:
- provide opportunities for increased understanding of Māori culture through arts participation;
- give many local schools, both mainstream and total immersion, an opportunity to participate in a kapa haka festival;
- provide a purpose for students' involvement in kapa haka;
- provide a focus for the gala day.