June 03, 2022
Haka wānanga great success
A two-day wānanga this week has enabled more than 300 students from schools across Tāmaki Makaurau to secure NCEA credits for the new te ao haka achievement standards.
Chris Selwyn, the tumuaki of Western Spring’s College’s Ngā Puna o Waiorea, says it was an honour to host the event.
He says it involved a huge amount of preparation and effort, with students having to run through their routines dozens of times to nail the standards.
Te ao haka has three levels, including university entrance, which means it stands alongside dance, drama and music qualifications,
“To actually have this event that solidifies the mana I suppose of te ao haka as a subject in itself, having so many of the kura and the kaiako attend with their akonga, to be able to knock out the credits required a level one, level two and level three, amazing to see that event taking place here,” Mr Selwyn says.
The wānanga format means consistent assessment standards, and many akonga were able to collect merit and excellent ratings.