Quiz: Kapa Haka

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Quiz: Kapa Haka

Next week, from 4 – 8 March, 45 teams from Australia and New Zealand will be competing in Christchurch to see who will hold the title of national kapa haka champion. I'm going to head along with Manatū Taonga (The Ministry for Culture and Heritage), which sponsors Te Matatini. I can't wait.At first glance the cultural value of kapa haka seems pretty obvious, but last year the Ministry, along with the Te Matatini Society, asked Waikato University to do some scoping research on the benefits of kapa haka. The resulting report, Ngā Hua A Tāne Rore: the Benefits of Kapa Haka, confirmed that kapa haka was much undervalued. Kapa haka has greater cultural, economic, educational and social impacts on Māori and on New Zealand than it has ever been given credit for. More research needs to go into ascertaining the value. This will ensure kapa haka gets the recognition it deserves. I reckon seeing the competitors perform will be even better if I know some more about kapa haka and its history, so I've been studying Te Ara. I wrote a quiz on what I found out – how well do you think you'll do?

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The Aotearoa Traditional Māori Performing Arts Festival was renamed Te Matatini in 2004. The term was coined by Dr Wharehuia Milroy. What does matatini mean? Find the answer in Te Ara.
    • A. 

      The morning

    • B. 

      Many faces

    • C. 

      James Bond's favourite drink

  • 2. 
    A competitive kapa haka performance is made up of several disciplines including whakaeke (entrance), waiata-ā-ringa (action songs), poi (women’s dance using balls on strings), haka (war dance), mōteatea, and whakawātea (exit). What is mōteatea? Find the answer in Te Ara.
    • A. 

      Where women sit in a line representing canoe paddlers

    • B. 

      Traditional chant

    • C. 

      Choral song

  • 3. 
    Haka and mōteatea were first performed overseas in the 1860s, and by the 1900s they were well-established internationally as representative of New Zealand. Mākereti (Maggie) Papakura led her group of performers to Australia and the UK in 1910–11. What was the group's name? Find the answer in Te Ara.
    • A. 

      Dr McGauran’s ‘Troupe of Warrior Chiefs, Wives and Children’

    • B. 

      Ngāti Pōneke

    • C. 

      Te Arawa

  • 4. 
    Te Puea Hērangi led the troupe Te Pou o Mangatāwhiri to perform in the North Island from 1922 to raise funds for what purpose? Find the answer in Te Ara.
    • A. 

      To travel to London to perform

    • B. 

      To build a Ringatū church

    • C. 

      To build Tūrangawaewae marae

  • 5. 
    In 1918, during the First World War the Māori Pioneer Battalion performed a haka for visiting Prime Minister William Massey on the Western Front. In which country were they? Find the answer in Te Ara.
    • A. 

      Italy

    • B. 

      France

    • C. 

      Germany

  • 6. 
    A haka war dance aims to intimidate the enemy, not only with postures but also with facial gestures. Pūkana means the dilating of eyes. What is the term for poking out your tongue? Find the answer in Te Ara.
    • A. 

      Niho

    • B. 

      Ārero

    • C. 

      Whētero

  • 7. 
    In 1940 it was reported that the National Broadcasting Company in New York wanted the word piupiu omitted from Alfred Hill’s song ‘Waiata Poi’ on the grounds of decency. I don’t know what they thought the word piupiu sounded like, but what is a piupiu? Listen to the song on Te Ara.
    • A. 

      A butterfly chrysalis

    • B. 

      A mollusc

    • C. 

      A kilt made from flax

  • 8. 
    What is the name of the weaving used to make bodices, arm bands, head bands and belts commonly worn by performing Māori cultural groups? Find the answer in Te Ara.
    • A. 

      Tāniko

    • B. 

      Whatu

    • C. 

      Whāriki

  • 9. 
    Click the link to see the photograph of Apirana Ngata leading a haka at the Te Whare Rūnanga meeting house at Waitangi on 6 February 1940, the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. How many years is it since the signing of the Treaty now, in 2015? See Apirana Ngata lead the haka.
    • A. 

      150 years

    • B. 

      175 years

    • C. 

      200 years

  • 10. 
    ‘Poi e’ was a number-one hit song in 1984. Written by Ngoi Pēwhairangi and Dalvanius Prime, it drew on traditional kapa haka as well as contemporary hip hop. Who performed it? Find the answer in Te Ara.
    • A. 

      Pātea Māori Club

    • B. 

      Te Waka Huia

    • C. 

      Te Mātārae I Ōrehu