Fun, Energetic, Creative Dance Programme for Kids

what is it?

Hī Hā Dance Fitness is a revolutionary new educational website based/digital programme designed for kids. We use dance as a springboard to explore core subjects such as reading, writing, drama, art and physical education, all while embracing Te Reo Māori. Emphasis is on culture, self-expression and creativity.

​Hī Hā is fun, inclusive, and easy for everyone to follow!

embrace the meaning

Hī - pronounced he - as in 'whakahī', to be proud
Hā - pronounced haa - breath, essence


A Hī Hā subscription gives you access to a new programme of dance videos and educational resources twice a year. Each programme has a theme and is divided into units for easy classroom use:

Dance it! Kanikani!:Lleuarne Panoho and guests lead a selection of culturally inspired dance and movement videos. Don’t worry, they’re super-easy to follow! Includes an interactive ‘story dance’ exclusive to Hī Hā.

Think it! Whakaarohia!: Dive more deeply into the theme! From personal responses and mini research projects to Māori vocab games, there’s something here for everyone! Includes a glossary of Māori words complete with pronunciation guide.

Move it! Nekehia!: Fun games, creative challenges and short theatre pieces designed to get kids up, and get them moving! It feels so much like playing, they won't even notice they're learning! 

Make it! Hangaia!: A hands-on creative unit with a practical focus, e.g. how to make a poi.

Write it! Tuhia!: Write to the theme! These hilariously inventive creative writing exercises from the pen of children's author Sally Sutton will fire up imaginations and get ideas flowing! 

Draw it! Tāngia!: Inspiration from leading NZ artists and illustrators will unleash your students’ inner artist! 

Act it! Whakaarihia!: The script for an entire school production using the dances, themes and even costumes from each Hī Hā programme. How easy is that?! Productions alternate between shows best suited to junior and senior school.

Link it! Tūhonotia!: Written by teachers for teachers, this section makes lesson plans easy by linking the content in each Hī Hā programme to the NZ curriculum. You'll also find links to other educational resources
on literacy, maths, science and technology related to each programme's theme.

Each unit is designed to include material for a range of abilities, from New Entrant to Year 6. Tasks are given a ‘honey comb rating' based on independent completion; the more honey combs, the sweeter and more challenging the task! Note that most are suitable for all levels with teacher assistance or orally. 

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The good stuff

A healthy body makes a healthy mind! At Hī Hā, we believe that the imagination is a muscle too: the more you use it, the stronger it grows. Our programme includes all you need to give students not just a physical, but a mental and creative workout too!

Struggling to bring a genuine and meaningful experience of Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori into the classroom? Look no further! Our programme is aligned with the Ministry of Education's Ka Hikitea requirements - but if this sound heavy, it's not! With our focus on fitness and creativity, students will be having so much fun, they won't even realise they're learning!

​Hī Hā Dance Fitness is proud to support home-grown, Kiwi Artists!

"Hī Hā is awesome for our tamariki and whānau. Tau kē!!"


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contact us

5 Rosecamp Road,

Beach Haven,

Auckland 0626



Tel: 021 457 867



Who are we?

The Good Stuff

Dance it!