Story: Kapa Haka

Kapa haka, Waitangi Day 1947

Kapa haka, Waitangi Day 1947

This kapa haka group, unidentified but probably from Rotorua, is performing for Waitangi Day celebrations in 1947. Their alignment in strict rows is a distinctive feature of kapa haka and gives the art form its name. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Whites Aviation Collection
Reference: WA-06945-F

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How to cite this page:

Valance Smith, 'Kapa Haka - What is kapa haka?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Valance Smith, published 22 Oct 2014