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Tahi, rua, toru, wha - join in with this readaloud celebration of kapa haka!

New Zealand’s favourite story celebrating the Maori performing art of kapa haka is great for the whanau to read together!

These are the poi that circled and twirled
above the heads of the singing girls
who wore the piupiu that swished and swirled,
made from the flax that Koro cut,
that the mussel shell scraped,
that the kuia made,
that swung from the hips
of the girls in the kapa haka.


It is a very well-paced story, and fun to read aloud to 4-10 year olds. My 8-year-old who has just started kapa haka at school enjoyed having it read to her. Both my kids noticed and appreciated the diversity in the people represented, we liked the different bodies and styles. This is an important book to share with our kids, because it shows them how truly centred and loved they can be within our wider communities.

Lucy Black, The Sapling

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    June 4, 2019

    Picture Puffin

    32 pages

    RRP $17.99

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