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Art of the Haka

Episode:92Te Papa Collection:Art and Photography

Suggested curriculum levels:4 – 7

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context Communicating and Interpreting

Description:Millions of people have seen the All Blacks perform Te Rauparaha's legendary haka on the rugby field. But Riria discovers a colourful version of the haka 'Ka Mate' on canvas.

Questions for students

  1. What does the haka 'Ka Mate' mean to you? Explain the connections between an All Blacks' rugby game, a haka, Te Rauparaha and the painting 'Whiti te ra'.
  2. What does the artist portray in the painting 'Whiti te ra'? How does he do this? What is your evaluation of the painting?
  3. The presenter says that Para Matchitt was one of the earliest contemporary Māori artists. What does this mean? What do you know about the other artists mentioned who were working at the same time as Matchitt?
  4. To what extent do movements in the arts reflect social or political changes? Use the 'Key questions' response template to pose questions about the context in which this painting was created. Use a range of sources to find out what was happening in New Zealand at the time the painting was made. Why were Māori artists breaking away from traditional Māori art forms at the time?
  5. What influences your art work? Do you consciously try to reflect the social or political world around you in your work? Identify the contexts in which you work and consider how your art work reflects those contexts.

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Key questions