Hononga Haka Series

Mana Tiaki is pleased to be able to present a series of Kapa Haka workshops for rangatahi - HONONGA HAKA, The Haka Connection series. These workshops are being run by top Kapa Haka exponents who will share their skills and expertise in this art form with rangatahi. These workshops will run for the month of March 2017 and start the weekend after Te Matatini.

These workshops are open to rangatahi who are in secondary / tertiary learning. You MUST have some Kapa Haka experience to keep up with the pace of these workshops. These workshops are at a level where a bracket will be put together in one day. You must be a confident performer and singer. This is a great opportunity to learn from the best in the field. The wānanga are limited to 30 Tāne, 30 wahine – first in, first served with registration forms and fee of $20.00.


Rangatahi / Tamariki must register for these workshops with payment of $20.00 per workshop confirming this registration.

All workshops will be capped at 60 students.

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All workshops will be held at Te Kura Māori o Porirua at 392 Warspite Ave, Ascot Park, Porirua


All workshops incur a cost of $20.00 per registered student. This is to help cover the cost of the tutors travel and tutoring fees as well as kai. Mana Tiaki will meet the bulk of costs for these workshops but seek a small contribution from those lucky enough to attend.


Each workshop will follow a different programme and focus within Kapa Haka. All workshops will close with a 6pm performance for whānau on the day of the wānanga.


Mana Tiaki is a community whānau group based in Tawa but serving whānau in all parts of Wellington. Mana Tiaki has been responsible for the running of the Matariki festival, ‘Kapo Kapo’ in Porirua. Mana Tiaki uses Kapa Haka as a tool to bring whānau together and runs community Kapa Haka from the Tawa Community Centre every Thursday afternoon during the school term – we welcome all those who wish to be part of our whānau to come along. Mana Tiaki is committed to providing Kapa Haka development opportunities to rangatahi in Wellington. http://www.manatiaki.maori.nz

We welcome all those rangatahi who would like to attend and encourage you to register as soon as possible.

You will need to have a very good Kapa Haka skill level – girls should already be skilled with poi and boys with taiaha. The tutors only have one day to pull together a performance bracket so don’t have time to teach fundamental skills. You will be asked to indicate your skill level and experience when you register.

Rangatahi will be asked to bring your own lunch and water bottles to the workshops which will run from 8.30am – 6.00pm. See draft programmes next to workshops info following.

Contact : Karen Hill – Kaiwhakahaere for Mana Tiaki

027 4818250



Wānanga 1 : Te Mātarae i o Rehu - Miri Morrison-Hare / Talei Morrison

This set of workshops will be taken by the current Manukura Wahine, Miri Morrison-Hare and Te Matarae performer, Talei Morrison.

Longtime performers of excellence Te Matarae i o Rehu are reknown for their high energy performances. This wananga will cover haka, poi and waiata a ringa.

These workshops are for wahine only.

Wānanga 2 : Ahorangi - The Next Generation

This set of workshops will be taken by representatives of Ahorangi. They will be high energy workshops that will require students attending to have a desire to work with a contemporary Kapa Haka fusion of performance. Students attending this workshop will need to have their own patu.

Wānanga 3 : Ngā Taonga mai Tawhiti - Merlene Maxwell-Wehi / Wiremu Wehi

This set of workshops will be taken by Merlene and Wi whose experience and heritage in Kapa Haka is unmatched. Wiremu is the son of Ngapo and Bub Wehi and has a history of Kapa Haka performance excellence. Merlene and Wi have dominated the local competitive Kapa Haka scene and this would be a great workshop to attend for rangatahi who may wish to further their own Kapa Haka development, locally, once they leave school. This wānanga will cover poi, waiata a ringa and haka.