Story: Kapa Haka

Waiata-ā-ringa rehearsal, 1960

This 1960 National Film Unit documentary, The Maori today, shows a youth-club kapa haka group (unidentified, but probably from the Wellington urban marae Ngāti Pōneke) rehearsing a waiata-ā-ringa (action song). This film was apparently made primarily for overseas audiences, at a time when foreign visitors to New Zealand expected to be welcomed by action songs such as this.

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Reference: The Maori today. National Film Unit, 1960

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How to cite this page:

Valance Smith, 'Kapa Haka - 20th-century innovations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 October 2021)

Story by Valance Smith, published 22 Oct 2014