Haka Pōwhiri (Traditional Māori Welcome) is one of the many services Te Wehi Haka – The Haka Experience provides. Today we had the honour of opening for the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand’s Annual Scientific Congress 2018 which was held at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre.
Dedicated to improving the health and long-term outcomes for mothers and their babies – this multidisciplinary society enjoyed the traditional rituals of the Māori including the pūtātara, the wero (challenge) the karanga (calls of welcome) and finally the Haka Pōwhiri. The majority of the visitors were overseas guests mainly Australian.
The Pūtātara (Conch Shell), a trumpet-sounding traditional Māori instrument, was blown by one of our male performers to signify the start of the pōwhiri process.
The guests were quickly greeted by a group of warriors who set the scene with individual weaponry movements.
The guests then heard the female cry the karanga. The Karanga is a process whereby the hosting group (kaikaranga) calls the guests and acknowledges their arrival and welcomes them to Aotearoa New Zealand. This is followed by the group performing a Haka pōwhiri (Traditional Māori welcome).
Lastly, our group entertained the guests by performing a number of traditional Māori waiata-a-ringa (action songs), poi (poi dance), and haka (war dance).
The guests of the Perinatal Society were overwhelmed and culturally touched. This was a unique kapa haka experience, tailor-made to suit the occasion, one of the many things we offer at Te Wehi Haka.