Tawa College Tawa College

NCEA Te Ao Haka 322

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Matua J. Baker.

Recommended Prior Learning

No experience necessary.

Te Ao Haka is a culturally responsive art form, providing opportunities for all ākonga to engage in Māori culture, language and traditional practice.  Te Ao Haka is founded on traditional knowledge, but is progressive in the development and evolution of the art form.

Intrinsic to Te Ao Haka are culture, language and identity.  Te Ao Haka is a vehicle used to wānanga and communicate culture, tikanga, knowledge systems and iwi traditions.  Te Ao Haka is enabling and centres around the importance of family, marae, iwi, hapū and waka through connection with the past, present and future.  This belonging gives ākonga a purpose to strive towards and achieve to their full potential, including empowering them to have fun and enjoy the performing arts.

Ākonga who engage with Te Ao Haka recognise that pride in their culture also comes with a responsibility to create a positive space for others to continue expressing themselves in developing their craft.  Therefore, ākonga are able to understand their contributions to the art form.

Learning Areas:


Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Mining Engineer, Holiday Park Manager, Accountant, Auditor, Diversional and Recreational Therapist, Actor, Actuary, Office Administrator, Finance Manager, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Agricultural/Horticultural Consultant, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Aircraft Refueller, Paramedic, Pathologist, Beekeeper, Patternmaker, Building Surveyor, Architectural Technician, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Historian, Artistic Director, Film and Video Editor, Meat/Seafood Process Worker, Sound Technician, Author, Automotive Technician, Baker, Dancer, Building Insulator, Courier/Delivery Agent, Brick and Blocklayer, Building Contractor, Building and Construction Labourer, Building and Construction Manager, Entertainer, Butcher, Dairy Processing Operator, Film/Television Camera Operator, Textile Process Operator, Carpenter, Kitchenhand, Make-up Artist, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Early Childhood Teacher, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Horse Trainer, Model, Nanny/Child Carer, Private Teacher/Tutor

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

1B5 workbook
Pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, felt pens, pencil case