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Unit 11: Kapa haka – Culture club

Learning intentions

In this unit students will:

  • revise telling the time
  • ask and answer, questions about their daily activities in Māori
  • learn the words and actions for two waiata
  • participate in a kapa haka performance.

Success criteria

Before commencing the unit the teacher will discuss the learning intentions with the students and together agree on appropriate success criteria.



Unit 11 transcripts (PDF, 296 kB)

Unit 11 Worksheet A (PDF, 286 kB)

Unit 11 Teacher Sheet A (PDF, 283 kB)

Unit 11 Teacher Sheet B (PDF, 283 kB)


Activity 1

The students will revise telling the time in Māori.

Before you show Unit 11 Scene 1 where Haami is running late for kapa haka, show Teacher Sheet A. The English translations of the questions are below. Ask the students to listen for the answers in the scene:

He aha te wā me hoki a Dylan ki te kāinga? What time should Dylan return home?
He aha te wā me haere a Sione? What time should Sione go home?
He aha te wā i taua wā tonu? What is the time at that moment?
He aha te wā ka tīmata te kapa haka? What time does culture club start?

Revise telling the time in Māori.

Activity 2

The students will talk about their daily activities in Māori.

Ask the students to work in pairs, then hand out a copy of Unit 11 Worksheet A to each student, and ask them to write their partner’s name in the space provided:

Te Wātaka (timetable) o (partner’s name).

Ask them to write the days of the week along the top of the wātaka – timetable. Write the times in hours down the left-hand side. Explain that they will take turns to ask each other about what they do during the day. The students must ask the questions in Māori, and where possible, answer the question in Māori. The partner draws a simple picture to illustrate that activity in the correct row and column and writes the time in the left-hand column. Show the students Teacher Sheet B examples of questions and answers (the English translations are below).

He aha te wā ka maranga koe? What time do you get up?
Hāwhe pāhi i te ono karaka. Half past six.
He aha te wā ka kai koe? What time do you eat?
Whitu karaka. Seven o’clock.
He aha te wā ka tae mai koe ki te kura? What time do you arrive at school?
Hāwhe pāhi i te waru karaka. Half past eight.

Activity 3

The students will learn the words of two waiata, one with actions.

Before starting this activity review the following He kōrero whakamārama clips:

  • Clip 15 where kapa haka tikanga is explained
  • Clip 16 where waiata tikanga is explained
  • Clip 17 where the story of Tūtira Mai is explained.

Watch the Unit 11 Scene 2 showing the kapa haka practice.

Show the words of Kua Rongo Mai Koe (Māori version). Watch the students performing the waiata or listen to the Audio CD Track 9. Learn the song and actions for Kua Rongo Mai Koe.

Put up the words of Tūtira Mai (Māori version). Go through the words line by line with the students to see if they can work out the meaning. (It will help if you think of tūtira as a compound word, consisting of tū and tira). When you have discussed the meaning, put up Tūtira Mai (translation) and see how well you did. Learn the song. Ask the students to try making up their own actions for this waiata.

Activity 4

The students will plan, practise and perform kapa haka to an audience.

Watch He kōrero whakamārama - Use of matua again, explaining the term matua. Remind the students about the use of whāea on He kōrero whakamārama - Use of whāea video.

Point out Hana and Haami’s use of the word hoki – to return or to go back. Show the students He kōrero whakamārama - Use of hoki and haere, which explains the use of these two words.

Watch Unit 11 Scene 3 where Hana and Haami are talking after the kapa haka practice.

Talk about the role of a leader in kapa haka.

Ask the students to choose a waiata to perform to an audience. This could be for another class, for a visitor or in assembly. They could learn one of the waiata from this resource or from another such as CD of Kiwi Kidsongs Waiata 15 in Te Reo Māori in the New Zealand Curriculum Draft 2007.

The students should learn or make up actions for the waiata too.

Note: It would be beneficial for the students to see other kapa haka performances either live, on television or on DVD.

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