An Indian Wedding with a Māori Twist
Date of Event: February 18, 2018
Wedding with a Māori Twist
We had the honour of hosting a wedding at the Sudima Hotel in Mangere, Auckland.
This was a wedding with a difference – a beautiful Indian bride marrying a handsome Australian groom. The Bride and Groom requested an authentic traditional Māori Pōwhiri for their 200 guests to commence their sacred marriage.
A Pōwhiri is a traditional Māori welcome which comprises of traditional ritual practices, including the pūtātara, the wero and the karanga.
The Pūtātara (Conch Shell or horn), a trumpet-sounding traditional Māori instrument, was blown by one of our male performers to signify that the wedding guests had arrived. This begun the Pōwhiri process.
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Alarmed by the sound of the Pūtātara, the guests were quickly greeted by one of our warriors who performed the wero (challenge). The purpose of the wero is to identify whether the guests come with peaceful intentions or otherwise. A warrior places a rau (leaf/greenery) on the ground in front of the guests. If it is picked up then it means the guests come in peace.
One of our performers (kai wero) presented his skills in the art of Taiaha, a stick-like Māori weapon, followed by the placing of the rau. The father-of-the-bride accepted the rau by picking it up off the ground.
The guests then waited to be called into the venue. This part of the Pōwhiri is referred to as the karanga. The Karanga is a process whereby the hosting group (kaikaranga) calls the guests by way of chanting. A female guest responds by chanting, giving thanks to the kaikaranga while slowly guiding the guests forward. As the wedding party were not skilled in karanga, one of our female performers lead the guests and responded for them.
The wedding party entered the venue and our group performed a Haka Pōwhiri (Traditional Welcome Haka).
Lastly, our group entertained the wedding party by performing a number of traditional Māori waiata-a-ringa (action songs), poi (poi dance), and haka (war dance).
This was a unique kapa haka experience, tailor-made to suit the occasion, one of the many things we do at Te Wehi Haka.
Emotional, both families and guests were overwhelmed with joy from the spiritual connections made in that moment of time.
“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.”