Kapa Haka (cuppa hucka) is an expression of Maori heritage and cultural identity consisting of a suite of songs often performed with:
The most known component of Kapa Haka is the haka, particularly ‘Ka mate, Ka mate’ marketed by the NZ Rugby Football Union franchise as the trademark pre-game performance of the international ambassadors of the sport, the All Blacks (named for the colour of their rugby strip).
Haka is also performed by women. The Black Ferns who dominate women’s rugby and have one of the best winning percentages in international rugby also perform a pre-game haka.
Kapa Haka is performed at social gatherings, on the sports field and at special occasions as well as in more casual and impromptu settings. Children in NZ grow up familiar with the standard songs and haka. At the national level, Te Matatini and the Secondary Schools Kapa Haka competitions drive excellence and innovation in performance and composition.