A Powerful Performance for International Students
Date of Event: July 11, 2018
A Pōwhiri for 500 Students at the University of Auckland.
The University of Auckland’s new international students received a powerful and inspiring traditional Maori welcoming to kick off their studies ahead here in Auckland. From the crowd of 500 students, a representative was selected to represent his overseas cohort by raising the peace token set forth by The Haka Experience’s fearsome warrior.
Following the traditional wero (challenge) and pohiri (welcoming), the crowd were entertained with waiata (songs), poi and demonstrations of traditional Maori weaponry, accompanied by an energetic and emotional haka that wooed the masses.
The students loved the performance. Here is some feedback captured from the day:
- Liam Choong, an international student at Auckland University described his experience as “welcoming” and “inspiring”
- Aaditya Rudrakar described his experience as “powerful”
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Empowering students with Te Reo Maori greetings
The Haka Experience’s sharp and skilful Director Tapeta Wehi strongly engaged and interacted with the new international students, empowering them with Te Reo Maori greetings to use as they embark on their educational journey.
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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.”
USANA Health Sciences (NZ) Corporation
“This journey has been an incredible experience and highlighted the unique power of haka to bring us closer together, broaden our understanding of mātauranga and the beauty of te Reo Maori.”
Nic Smith - Head of the Faculty of Engineering
University of Auckland
“You guys have been awesome. The way that you've brought Māori culture to Shanghai is a credit to Te Wehi Haka. The use of Māori culture internationally is powerful, especially in Shanghai.
Our company Fonterra have introduced te Reo Māori and Māori protocols as part of our workplace which has added value to the company.”