MOVEMENT & DANCE
Mangarangi Puhi & Mikal Hammond
The Maori people have always excelled in the art of haka, which is the generic term for Maori dance. Henare Teowai of Ngati Porou, an acknowledged master of the art of haka was asked on his death-bed, “What is the art of performing haka?”. He replied: “Kia korero te katoa o te tinana.” (The whole body should speak).
Haka is also about building, controlling and releasing your ihi, wehi and wana. In involves a deep connection with ancestral maori, the spirit and the life energy of the universe itself. Its not about losing control, its about harnessing it and releasing it with intention.