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It's Show Time!

It’s Show Time - complete these activities to learn about performance from kapahaka to TV, and Shakespeare.


Use information about Kapahaka from the Te Ara website to answer the questions below.

What is kapahaka?

  • What are the five genres, or types of song and dance, performed in kapahaka?
  • From where does kapahaka draw its influences?


  • What is the name of the waiata sung by a kapahaka group when they first go onstage?
  • What is the name of the exit waiata they use going offstage?

On the marae

  • What is the role of kapahaka during the hakari for visitors?


  • What am I?
This performance art began in Korea, and celebrated important events like rice planting. Masked actors tell the story.
  • What am I? 
This performance art began in Japan. Actors wear a special costume called a karaori, and masks called hannya, kotobide, and ko-omote.
  • What am I? 
These objects are worn at the Chinese opera, and were first worn when the theatre began more than 700 years ago. They are decorated in many different styles.

What wouldst thou have of me?

  • Find out about life in Tudor England with the help of these websites: Tudor Britain 

Write a story about a walk through London in Shakespeare's time. Click on the links and do the activities for more background information. 

Record common sights, sounds, and smells. Include the forms of transport you might use and where you'd go. Use these websites to help you describe what people are wearing and doing. 
Clothing A Tudor Street
  • Write your story in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. If you want to, add narration and illustrations.

Your chance to shine!

Wiki's local kohanga reo has asked her to rewrite a traditional Māori myth so that it's set in 2002. Can you help her?

Choose your favourite scene (location), and either:

  • act out and record the scene on video, or
  • create a storyboard of the scene. 
    • Illustrate your story using a drawing program on your computer, then add them into your storyboard. 
    • Add stage directions and descriptions.

Act on it!

Your challenge is to create a short performance of an emotion, to send to Tipani.

  • Choose a feeling from this list: love, inquisitiveness, suspicion, envy, inspiration, exhaustion, contentment, disappointment, ecstasy, jubilation.
  • Use the Word Central website to help you with definitions.
  • Create a short presentation to demonstrate this feeling, using digital video or PowerPoint. Here are some tips:
    • use sound, and varying shots, scenarios and expressions;
    • be entertaining – use humour and a range of creative shots;
    • make your video less than 30 seconds long.

Kōrero Paki, Kōrero Whakaahua

Tōna tikanga e toru ngā wāhanga o te pūrākau: ko te tīmatanga, ko te puku, me te whakamutunga.

  • Pānui mai rā ki te pūrākau, arā a Tāwhirimātea. Tuhia ngā whakaupokotanga mō te tīmatanga, te puku, me te whakamutunga mō te pūrākau mō Tāwhirimātea.
  • (Ko te mahi a ngā kōrero whakaahua, he whakaatu i te rārangitanga o ngā kōrero mai i tētahi pūrākau mā ngā kupu me ngā pikitia.)
  • Me whakamahi rānei e koe tētahi kōrero whakaahua mā te tā pikitia mō te tīmatanga, te puku me te whakamutunga o te pūrākau.

Kapahaka (Māori)

Whakamahia te pae whakaata nei, arā, te Kapahaka ki te whakautu i ngā pātai e rārangi ana i raro nei.

He aha te kapahaka?

  • He aha ngā momo waiata, haka hoki e rima e mahia ana i roto i ngā mahi kapahaka?
  • Ka takea mai ngā awe mō ngā mahi kapahaka mai i hea?


  • He aha te ingoa o te waiata tuatahi ka waiatahia e te kapahaka i runga i te atamira?
  • He aha te ingoa o te waiata e whakawātea mai ai te kapahaka i te atamira?

I runga i te marae

He aha ngā mahi a te kapahaka i te wā e kai ana ngā manuhiri?

Ed and Wiki hit the small screen!

Ed, Wiki, and Tipani have been asked to host, direct, and produce a Planet Kopu TV show called Kidz Exploring NZ. Can you help them design the set for their show?

  • Design a set in paint, and include:
  • a lounge area where Wiki can interview guests;
  • an area Wiki can use for studio audience activities and challenges.

Remember, the programme is aimed at kids and has a New Zealand theme! Think carefully about props, style, and colours.

Label your set by inserting the saved picture in Microsoft Word.

Kapahaka, ngā Pangakupu

He aha ōu mōhiotanga mō ngā mahi kapahaka? Whakamātauhia ōu mōhiotanga mō ngā mahi kapahaka mā te wetewete i tēnei pangakupu.

Ko te pangakupu tuarua nei kei roto i te reo Māori. He mōhiotanga kapahaka anō āu hei whakaoti i te mea nei?

3, 2, 1...Action: Motion picture science

Did you know that a movie is made up of millions of still images? Your challenge is to make your own movie using a series of still pictures.

Create your own movie about a sunrise or a surprise, using PowerPoint.

  • Open PowerPoint and create a new blank slide.
  • Use the drawing tools to create a background. Insert any pictures you have drawn. Copy and paste this slide.
  • Change each slide slightly, moving objects from place to place.
  • Use the slideshow drop-down menu and select Rehearse Timings.
  • Move the slides quickly so it looks as if things are moving.

Dress rehearsal deadline

Wiki is the costume designer for her culture group's performance. Can you help design costumes for the play by the dress rehearsal deadline?

  • Read the Tawhirimatea myth.
    • Choose four characters from the myth.
    • Design costumes for each character in paint.
    • Insert your pictures into Microsoft Word. Add any notes about the materials you might use.

Storytelling and storyboards

Stories usually have three parts: a beginning, a middle, and an end.

  • Read the Tawhirimatea myth.
    • Write captions for the beginning, middle, and end of this storyboard on the Tawhirimatea story. (A storyboard shows a sequence of scenes from a story in words and pictures.)
    • Create your own template and illustrate the beginning, middle, and end of the story. 
Write a caption for each section, and enter these into your storyboard.