Kia Ora. The Maori of Aotearoa... Land of the Long White Cloud have a rich cultural tradition reaching back to ancient origins. Visit often. We are adding to this section as we receive the items.
 

An excellent source of information on the Maori haka can be found at the Tourism New Zealand website. An indepth look at the origins and history of not only the haka, but of the cultural importance of the traditions associated with the haka that have been handed down from generation to generation.

The most recognized haka is Kamate. Practically every Maori warrior learns this classic. It's simplicity makes it the ideal haka to teach. It's power, or mana, can be felt not only by the performers, but also those who observe and take in the experience. Writing about it, or even taking pictures and video just doesn't do it justice. No weapons are needed as the body and intimidating stances and gestures make for a most formidable weapon itself.

A Ka Mate! Ka mate!
Ka ora! Ka ora!
Ka mate! Ka mate!
Ka ora! Ka ora!
Tenei te tangata pohuruhuru
Nana nei i tiki mai whakawhiti te ra!
A hupane! A kaupane!
A hupane! A kaupane!
Whiti te ra!
'Tis death! 'Tis death!
'Tis life! 'Tis life!
'Tis death! 'Tis death!
'Tis life! 'Tis life!
Behold! There stands the hairy man
Who will cause the sun to shine!
One step upwards, another step upwards!
One step upwards, another step upwards!
The sun shines!
 
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