Kapa haka plays a key role in Māori culture and in 2018 standards have risen to another level.
A haka bodice fused with a tutu dress is on display at the Kohine Kollection launch in Whakatāne, incorporating kapa haka and Disney-inspired themes.
Fifteen kapa haka teams from across the country have gathered at Hamilton’s Claudelands Event Centre to vie for the chance to take out the inaugural Te Anga Pāua o Aotearoa National Kapa Haka Festival for people with intellectual disabilities.
Te Kāhui Huringa kapa haka from Finlayson Park are the new champions of the Tāmaki primary and intermediate kapa haka competition. Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae took out second place and Henderson Intermediate placed third.
Finlayson Park Primary school is hosting the masses attending the Auckland Primary Schools kapa haka festival.