Story: Kapa Haka

Te Waka Huia, 1996 (2nd of 2)

Kapa haka group Te Waka Huia perform the whakaeke (entrance) at the 1996 Aotearoa Traditional Māori Performing Arts Festival (later renamed Te Matatini o te Rā). The accompanying popular tune (from the film The lion king) is one of the most recognisable in modern kapa haka competition. This whakaeke includes various elements including a taiaha routine.

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Valance Smith, 'Kapa Haka - Urban groups and formal competitions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 July 2022)

Story by Valance Smith, published 22 Oct 2014