Performing Arts & Cultural Activities
Te Rōpū Hotuwaipara is the HVHS Kapa Haka group. The group is comprised of students from Year 9-13 and is open to students from all cultures.
In 2018 we are very pleased to welcome two wonderful and experienced tutors, Whaea Soraya and Matua Ben. Our tutors both teach all aspects of Kapa Haka, performing nationally themselves (Ngā Kāwai Hekenga o Ngā Taonga Mai Tawhiti). We have also welcomed two wonderful managers, Connor Baird and Olivia Copeman. Our managers are both on the teaching staff at Hutt Valley High School and work to encourage and push Te Ao Māori within the school.
While Kapa Haka is the main focus, our tutors deliver Kapa Haka with a Te Ao Māori perspective, which is inclusive of Te Reo Māori, Tikanga, Whakapapa and Karakia.
Teaching is also delivered through Noho Marae or Wānanga. A number of these are held throughout the year - usually run from 10am on Saturday through to 9am on Sunday. Attendance at these is essential to learning Kapa Haka.
In 2018 Te Rōpū Hotuwaipara will be preparing to develop a vibrant and exciting rōpū who will work toward performing in the 2019 regional competition.
Kapa Haka practice is held every Friday at lunchtime 1.30pm-2.15pm in the Hotuwaipara Marae.
Nau mai, haere mai!
Year level productions occur annually from Years 10 to 13. In 2014 there will be eight three-evening seasons, and through these every Drama student has an opportunity to act in a significant public production.
In 2014 the major drama event was a Musical Theatre entitled " Electra" The musical theatre involved a cast of over 100, and included dancers, musicans and actors.
There is an ongoing tradition of producing feature length films which are screened publicly in a local movie theatre.'
Hutt Valley High School has a long and proud musical tradition. The Music Department
has some of the best instrumental tutors in the country and a wide variety of co-curricular
groups on offer. There are opportunities for the music groups to perform at a variety of
concerts, festivals and competitions in the school and the wider community, and also to
attend professional musical performances.
All students are offered the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through the Itinerant Music Scheme. This scheme allows students to reap the benefits of tuition from experienced and professional tutors. The half-hour lessons take place once a week, usually in small groups. Tuition is available in a wide range of instruments, including voice. Some instruments are available for hire.
All music students are encouraged to belong to a range of music groups. These include orchestras, choirs, ensembles and bands in a wide range of styles. There are also opportunities to participate in special musical events during the year such as regional festivals, chamber music competitions, Rockquest, concerts, workshops, tours and a music festival.
Follow this link to sign up for Music lessons: Music Lesson Form
Various dance groups are run as an adjunct to the curriculum including: hip hop and cheerleading squads.
The 2014 Stage Challenge team gained 8 excellence awards.