Kapa Haka filming restrictions likely to increase

By Mere McLean
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

It's the second time Te Wharekura o Ngāti Rongomai from Te Arawa has performed on the national primary schools kapa haka stage.

Tukiterangi Curtis of Te Wharekura o Ngāti Rongomai says, “It was our honour, Ngāti Rongomai, to see and bring our children here today.”

However Te Wharekura o Ngāti Rongomai is based on the shores of Te Rotoiti with a strong emphasis on their own identity, and one issue many groups are concerned about are their intellectual rights to their songs.

Te Are Dickson the co -chair of Te Mana Kuratahi ki Tauranga Moana says, "We try our best to protect each and every group here. If people are taking photos or videos, they do it secretly."

One aspect of this competition for the future is the property rights as we enter into the digital age. Many parents and spectators are jumping over hoops to take a picture, despite the no filming rule.

Restrictions are minimal here at this year's competition, but in the years to come; those restrictions are likely to increase.