Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The story of Te Rauparaha.

This is the story of Te Rauparaha, the creater of the most well known haka today. It is the Haka Ka mate which is what the All Blacks use before a rugby game. My class was told this story from our Maori Teacher Whea Raewyn. All of the girls got one part from that story and had to re-write it and animate it in our own way, and then the boys had to animate one or some of the all blacks doing the Haka. Te Rauparaha was the chief of his tribe the Ngati Toaragatira. He was the most feared of all and was confronted with great respect, but his neighboring tribes were out to get him as they had been fighting for years and years. Te Rauparaha was running away from his enemies and came to a place called Motuopuhi and asked the local chief Te Whareangi to hide him. After a lot of hesitation Te Whareangi finally agreed and told Te Rauparaha to hide in one of his kumara pits. Te Whareangi asked his wife to lay her cloak down and place her legs on top of the kumara pit. But I am Saying too much so just watch my movie and there you will see the end of Te Rauparaha's Story.


  1. Hi Chante

    This email arrived at school, and we thought it should be posted here as one of your comments :)

    I am a headteacher at Chase Bridge School in Twickenham (yes, next to the stadium!) and I was preparing my assembly for Monday morning searching for simple stories about Te Rauparaha to link to the haka on the internet. I came across Chante's blog which was great and I will use it in assembly!

    I tried to post a comment to her to say thanks but I am not sure whether it got through.

    Anyway, apart from writing to say thanks to Chante it would be great to have a link to a school over the world cup period. As you might imagine being next to Twickers means we have a lot of rugby fans here! In fact we have even recorded our own world cup rugby song! (see attached press release)
    I hope the All Blacks do well ... and England even better! I am just going to watch their first match against Argentina now at 9.30am local time here.

    All the best, and look forward to hearing from you!

    Andrew King
    Chase Bridge

  2. Thank you Chante for explaining how the Haka originated. We enjoyed watching your animated clip. Mrs. Burt shared your post with my son who is coming to New Zealand in 2 weeks. In the story you referred to kumara, and in America we don't have that vegetable. Why is kumara unique to New Zealand? Is it in other parts of the world?
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    Carolyn Wendl
    Medina, Ohio


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