Haka

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What is Haka?

The haka is a type of ancient Māori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, as well as when groups came together in peace.

Haka are a fierce display of a tribe's pride, strength and unity. Actions include violent foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. The words of a haka often poetically describe ancestors and events in the tribe's history.

The Haka is definitely something amazing to behold when performed well and it requires strict discipline. It is a great character-building exercise with the power to connect the performers to themselves, their past and their present.

Tapeta Wehi is a great believer in the power of the body, where every muscle and sinew should burn with virility to exude emotion, to display anger, abhorrence, protest or love, tenderness and grace. The Haka allows the performer to display this like nothing else.

Different Forms Of Haka

There are many forms of Haka where these movements are performed well with or without weapons:

  • The Tutungaruhu ( a dance by a party of armed men who jump from side to side)
  • Ngeri ( a short Haka with no set moves performed without weapons to face with the enemy)
  • Haka Taparahi is performed without weapons
  • Peruperu ( a dance with weapons where the men leap off the ground up and down performed face to face with the enemy.

These are just a few examples of the different types of Haka.

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The passionate Haka movements are only as good as the messages they must express.

Tapeta Wehi, Founder Of The Haka Experience says:

“I believe a Haka should be controversial and challenging. Whatever the occasion, I see the lyrics as the most important aspect; the tune, the rhythm and body movement are purely the vehicles for the communication of its message.”

The uniformity of movement and message is what should be pursued. The message should always be paramount, the Reo therefore becomes a crucial component to the Haka. Haka has always been associated with war but in today's World, the wars are not hand to hand combat but have been politically oriented.

Haka has become an avenue to share the message whether it be social, political environmental issues so that our voice can be heard throughout the Globe. Haka provide our people with a warning about an issue followed by a solution or words of encouragement.

Today, haka are still used during Māori ceremonies and celebrations to honour guests and show the importance of the occasion. We see this at many different occasions or gatherings.

Your stance should be that of a Whare nui (meeting House).The head is alert and vigilant like the tekoteko, the arms stretched out like the Maihi, the chest should be erect like the Whare, The body must stand fast, not sway, the stance must be firm when you see all these aspects together you will be filled with awe! The hairs on the back of your neck will stand on end!

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The Benefits Of Haka

The uniformity of movement and message is what should be pursued. The message should always be paramount, the Reo therefore becomes a crucial component to the Haka. Haka has always been associated with war but in today's World, the wars are not hand to hand combat but have been politically oriented.

Haka has become an avenue to share the message whether it be social, political environmental issues so that our voice can be heard throughout the Globe. Haka provide our people with a warning about an issue followed by a solution or words of encouragement.

Today, haka are still used during Māori ceremonies and celebrations to honour guests and show the importance of the occasion. We see this at many different occasions or gatherings.

Your stance should be that of a Whare nui (meeting House).The head is alert and vigilant like the tekoteko, the arms stretched out like the Maihi, the chest should be erect like the Whare, The body must stand fast, not sway, the stance must be firm when you see all these aspects together you will be filled with awe! The hairs on the back of your neck will stand on end!

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Why is the Haka Important?

The Maori use Haka as a vehicle for their people to find themselves especially those Maori who have been raised in the cities and have lost their connection or ties to there Turangawaewae (Tribal upbringing).

Through Haka, they are able to find that connection.

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Hear the sound of the Pūtātara • Experience the fierce warriors challenge (wero) • Listen to the kaikaranga call (karanga)

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Māori Cultural Performances - The Haka Experience

Tapeta Wehi, Founder Of The Haka Experience says: “I have had many youths come through my doors over the last 25 years, a lot of these kids are affiliated with gangs and kicked out of Schools. The change I see in these kids is quite unbelievable... Haka is a powerful tool, these kids get to learn about there Whakapapa (genealogy), Tikanga (Maori lore), Tipuna (ancestors), Atua Maori (Maori gods) and most importantly it reconnects them to themselves.”

Tapeta goes further to explain, “It instils pride... proud to know who they are and where they come from. Identity is the essence for any kid it  helps to steer our youth in the right direction to help face the many challenges that may lie ahead.”

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We had guests from our overseas Olympus offices as well as customers from the medical, scientific and industrial fields from throughout NZ, all of whom were thoroughly impressed by your team last night. Our guests were so moved by what you shared of our culture, with some quite emotional afterwards, even shedding a tear or two, and our senior management team are still talking about it today! Some of our NZ guests had never had the opportunity to see our culture that close-up and it emphasised with them how unique, strong and proud our Maori culture and heritage is.



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I wanted to take this time to properly connect, the USANA family felt the aroha that's for sure and that's exactly what I had hoped for too! Some cried, many got emotional and some blown away literally! The emotions that were spoken forward were a connection hundreds if not all, hadn't felt in a very long time and ignited a ripple effect of hope and a sense of belonging too! Thank you very much.



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