NCEA Level 1 Maori Performing Arts

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr G. Rameka

Recommended Prior Learning

Previous experience in kapa haka or other performing arts is always helpful.

The Year 11 course covers the basic components of Māori Performing Arts and includes waiata, haka, poi and some aspects of Maori weaponry. It is primarily a theory based course where essential knowledge is acquired before embarking onto the more practical aspects of Māori Performing Arts. It is strongly recommended that students become members of the college kapa haka group to enhance their performance ability and understanding. This will help immensely with achieving the respective standards as most standards require some form of practical demonstration.

Students will attend one wānanga (overnight stay on school marae) per term with school kapa haka group, as well as one cultural visit to Toi Ohomai or a local tourism venture where Maori Performing Arts are displayed. 

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student attempting the assessment. Students who do not come from a Maori Performance background may be interviewed and/or auditioned to assess their suitability and potential to pass this course..  

Course Overview

Semester A
Demonstrate knowledge and skills of tuwaewae (footwork)
Demonstrate knowledge and skills of performance components
Demonstrate knowledge of the origins of Maori Performing Arts and disciplines

Semester B
Demonstrate knowledge of Maori Performing Arts kakahu
Demonstrate knowledge of people associated with Maori Performing Arts
Demonstrate knowledge of takaro Maori (Maori games and passtimes)



Assessment Policy & Procedures

NCEA Level 2 Maori Performing Arts (MPA)

This course helps to consolidate and prepare for Maori Performing Arts levels 2 and 3. Maori tourism, Drama and Theatre are all performance areas that potential students can follow through this course.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Nil, however, if a visit to a local tourism establishment is planned, then payment to visit will be required.

Pathway Tags

Interpreter, TV presenter, diplomat, reporter, journalist, teacher, performer, film director, Teacher, Copywriter, Public Relations Professional, Radio Presenter, Television Presenter, Interpreter, Translator


It is the policy of Taupo-nui-a-Tia College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.

Credits listed may change.