The value of Haka: Preliminary findings of Te Hine Rēhia survey

Stacey Ruru, Taniora Maxwell, Mihiterina Williams and Taonga Flavell - IIRC20
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Over the last 50 years, kapa haka has developed an international profile and has become part of our national consciousness. Within Aotearoa, annual kapa haka competitions are held across all age groups such as, Kohanga reo, primary and secondary schools. Although kapa haka has experienced rapid growth in popularity, little is known about the reasons why people believe kapa haka to be important or the contribution it makes to their lives. To addresses these gaps in current understandings, we developed a short online survey with nine openended questions in three different languages (Te Reo Māori, bilingual and English) to explore what it is that people value about kapa haka. Our aim was to obtain 500 survey responses. To carry out our research, a survey link with information about the study was distributed by the Ngā Pae researchers to email lists, Facebook and twitter accounts. We applied thematic analysis to code and make sense of the first 100 responses. The outcome of the thematic analysis resulted in a coding framework with five clusters. We then generated descriptive statistics (frequencies and percentages) on the demographic data. For the first 100 responses, we found that there was a higher number of responses for the bilingual version (72) in companion to the Te Reo Māori (1) and English (26) version. For the thematic analysis, we identified five clusters to code the data and these were; level of experience, participating in the haka experience, experience culture and identity, develop and strengthen te reo and hauora and, opportunities for development. In this presentation we will discuss the preliminary findings of the first 100 survey responses. Overall, the preliminary findings provided a framework to apply for the remaining survey responses.