Story: Tangaroa – the sea

Kapa haka

Kapa haka

The origin of kapa haka (Māori traditional performing arts) is often traced back to the troupe of women sent by Tinirau, the ancestor of fish, to identify and capture Kae, who had killed his pet whale, Tutunui. The kapa haka group pictured here performed at Kapahaka Rocks 2004, in Wellington, and is a combination of three schools from Ōtaki – Te Wharekura o Te Rito, Whakatupuranga Rua Mano and Ōtaki College.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Tangaroa – the sea - Tinirau and Kae', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 August 2022)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 12 Jun 2006