Skip Content
Kerry Proctor
  • Kerry Procter says kapa haka is an integral part of Māori and whānau culture in Tairāwhiti.

The strong passion for developing kapa haka skills in Tairāwhiti has prompted Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Gisborne to offer a targetted new course next year.

Kaiarataki Ako (lead educational delivery) Kerry Procter says the course for up to 25 people is designed to help individuals prepare for the next national Te Matatini kapa haka championships.

She says the Tairāwhiti region has real strengths in kapa haka and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa wants to help local people succeed on a national stage.

“Young people in particular are really keen to do performing art.

“Kapa haka is an integral part of Māori and whanau culture in Tairāwhiti.”

Kerry says kapa haka helps build skills in story-telling and assists our people to better understand their whakapapa through rangahau (research).

“It engages youth in a whole range of learning they really love.”

The course will be an addition to the already strong Māori arts courses offered by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Gisborne.

Kerry doesn’t expect problems filling the new kapa haka course. “It adds a new kind of mātauranga (knowledge) to our offering.”

Anyone interested can contact Te Wānanga o Aotearoa on 0800 355 553 or visit www.twoa.ac.nz for more information.

Meanwhile, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is also working with other tertiary education providers and the Government on an initiative to build up mātauranga on caring for kuia and koroua (elderly women and men).

“We’re very focused on working with our various community partners on initiatives that help spread mātauranga Māori for the benefit of all,” says Kerry.

 Back to news & events

Published On: 19 October, 2020

Article By: Stephen Ward



Other Articles

  • 28 October, 2020

    Krystal’s caring shines through

    Rotorua’s Krystal Roberts has been having a very busy but successful 2020. In the third and final year of her He Korowai Ākonga (Bachelor of Education – Primary Teaching) degree at the Waiwhero campus of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, she’s also taken part in the Miss Rotorua contest where she was second runner-up in the Mana Wahine section.

  • 27 October, 2020

    Smashing it out on forestry course

    Four current students on a Te Wānanga o Aotearoa forestry course, along with one former student, have been part of a crew that smashed out the rare achievement of planting one million trees this season near Rotorua.

  • 23 October, 2020

    Tracey weaves a new way forward

    Raranga kaiako Tracey Robens, pictured here helping one of her students, says her art provides her with spiritual space.

  • 22 October, 2020

    Being that “different” social worker

    Armed with social work skills and practical experience she’s acquired while studying at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Janine (Ngāti Pākehā) is helping make a difference for under pressure whānau in Rotorua.