Welcome everyone! I am from all over the North Island but now I live on the North Shore. I am the Physical Education & Kapa Haka teacher at Milford School. My name is Louise Lavulo.
I take the Kapa Haka rōpu (group) for 40 minutes each week and additional sessions as a lead up to performances. Currently, the rōpu is open to Year 4-6 students due to the size of the group, though we have begun to incorporate our Taitamariki (younger children) who identify as Māori on their enrollment form. This year, we are exploring ways to integrate Year 0-3 tamariki who are wanting to be involved but on a smaller scale, though they can enhance our Year 4-6 rōpu with some performances.
For children to take part in our Kapa Haka rōpu (group), they don’t need to be of Māori descent, but they need to have a genuine interest in Māori culture, tikanga (customs), waiata (songs), dance (kanikani), performing arts or want to be in a group of like-minded people. I like to keep the rōpu student-driven where we utilise our time wisely to maximise our gains in terms of learning and performance.