ISBN: : 978-0-478-18478-5 (online) 978-0-478-18480-8 (print)

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Ngā Hua A Tāne Rore. The Benefits of Kapa Haka

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Te Kotahi Research Institute

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Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage

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Ngā Hua a Tāne Rore: The Benefits of Kapa Haka was commissioned by Te Manatū Taonga (Ministry for Culture and Heritage) and Te Matatini (Māori performing arts festival and competition for kapa haka performers).

Kapa Haka is the Maori activity of dancing and chanting in groups as an expression of cultural identity. The purpose of the scoping project was to identify a research approach and develop a programme of research that will enable the two organisations and other interested stakeholders to gain empirical evidence of the contribution that kapa haka makes to Aotearoa New Zealand society, in terms of cultural, social, educational, health and economic outcomes.

This report provides the findings of the scoping research. It has been informed by an overview of the literature and by a series of interviews and focus groups undertaken with kapa haka proponents and stakeholder groups involved in the support of kapa haka within Aotearoa New Zealand.
Approximately fifty participants were interviewed in three regions, Tainui, Te Arawa, Ōtautahi, (chosen by the commissioning bodies), and Wellington. Among participants there was a unanimous and resounding view that kapa haka does indeed make a valuable contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand, but that its value is not fully understood or acknowledged.

It was reported that a major component of kapa haka is its power to affect wellbeing, not just in the performer/s, but also the audience of that performance; not just in the individual, but also in the collective. Wellbeing was attributed to being engaged in and connected to Māori culture, as well as the benefits that derive from whanaungatanga and collective agency.

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Te Kotahi Research Institute (2014). Ngā Hua A Tāne Rore. The Benefits of Kapa Haka. Scoping the research needs and options for developing a better understanding of the contribution that Kapa Haka makes to Aotearoa New Zealand society. Wellington: Manatū Taonga/Ministry for Culture and Heritage.