Haka Ka Mate Attribution Act guidelines

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Ngāti Toa Rangatira have jointly developed guidelines for the Haka Ka Mate Attribution Act 2014.

The Act provides an acknowledgement of the significance of the famous haka Ka Mate as a taonga of Ngati Toa Rangatira, and as an integral part of its history, culture, and identity. It also provides a right of attribution, requiring that where the haka is used in certain circumstances, the authorship of Ka Mate by Ngāti Toa Rangatira chief Te Rauparaha is acknowledged.

The guidelines explain why the haka Ka Mate is of cultural importance to Ngāti Toa Rangatira. They also provide assistance on how to comply with the Act when using the words or associated actions and choreography of the haka Ka Mate in publications for commercial purposes, public communications and in films. The attribution requirement does not apply to public performances, or uses for educational purposes, or for reporting on current events.

The Act is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

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The guidelines have been developed to assist with compliance with the Act. If there is any inconsistency, the Act prevails.


If you would like further guidance on whether an attribution statement is required or you would like to find out more about the haka Ka Mate, contact Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Incorporated.


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