Graduations & Award Ceremonies
Date of Event: March 29, 2018
What better way to celebrate student success!
Graduations & Awards Ceremonies are one of the many services Te Wehi Haka – The Haka Experience provides. Just recently we had the honour of opening the student awards ceremony for Crimson Education, held at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland City.
Crimson Education was founded in New Zealand in 2013 with one core goal in mind – to help people achieve their potential. Since their humble beginnings, they have connected more than 20,000 students, entrepreneurs and young professionals with some of the world’s brightest young minds.
Crimson now operates across the globe, expanding into Australia, the USA, the UK, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Russia and many, many more countries, in just the last four years. Their success and growth is due to the fact they make their students successful. It’s a story the whole world needs to hear!
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The guests were moved.
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 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
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 Crimson Education were moved by the opening ceremony. Ex-labour leader David Cunliffe who was a special guest said it was one of the best openings he had witnessed in a long time.
This was a unique kapa haka experience, tailor-made to suit the occasion, one of the many things we offer at Te Wehi Haka
“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.”