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Hastings Girls' High School - Te Ao Haka (in partnership with Hastings Boys’ High School)

Region: Hawke's Bay/Tairāwhiti

Art form: Ngā Toi Māori

Project name: Te Ao Haka - Kapa Haka Nationals

Creative name

Project information: The aim of our project is to prepare Te Rōpū Māna Huia for Nationals in July 2022 in such a way that the essence of Te Ao Haka is embedded and achieved as expressed in Levels 6-8 of the new Te Ao Haka at NCEA, and in a way that means our ākonga involved stand tall in their identity and whakapapa. 

Students will express themselves through a uniquely Māori art form, develop a rich understanding of Tikanga and Reo as can only be done through performance at this level. Having been the only mainstream school to qualify for Nationals from Hawke’s Bay, these students have already achieved so much. Working with our creative closely in an authentic way will enable them to deeply understand the use of narrative structures and narrative from the past in Kapa Haka, innovation and creativity, and the impact of time, space, and context on performance. This will provide an authentic learning platform to also succeed in Te Ao Haka and be able to champion Te Ao Māori through Te Ao Haka. 

Through this, students will explore their uniquely Ngāti Kahungunu identity and have opportunities for leadership within this creative space. Working with a local Ngāti Kahungunu artist means that students will develop a strong understanding of their iwi's Kapa Haka tikanga. This is a new opportunity requiring a deeper partnership with our creative. The new Te Ao Haka standards also give more prestige to the academic success and opportunities for students through Te Ao Haka. This project will be carried out in partnership with Hastings Boys' High School.

Project starting: February 2022

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