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The name, Te Matatini, was gifted from Professor Wharehuia Milroy and represents the many faces of kapa haka. Offices have been transformed into movie theatres — blinds down, plain white walls suddenly transformed into a space for the laptop projected videos to be shared. We are all there with you on the stage, in spirit and on the screen. I love the campaign amongst the health and wellbeing movement that has been demonstrated in supporting our kapa haka to focus on their wellbeing in the lead up to Te Matatini. On Friday 22nd February, Vania Pirini and I spoke to the national conference on longterm conditions, particularly focusing on diabetes. How do we plan a menu to focus on health? Who gets us out of the couch and into gear — going for a walk around the block, a breath of fresh air, a swim, a game of league? The ever-energetic Vania Pirini completely overwhelmed the audience by calling on her inner Jennifer Lopaz and getting everyone moving to a little bit of kanikani, korikori, katakata. How ironic it was that while we were talking about taking a holistic approach to health, all we could hear was the thundering feet of the World champions of te Matatini — Whangara Mai Tawhiti — as they practiced their bracket on the top floor of Te Papa above us.
Omg ashleygraham got shut down! The dance is indigenous to New Zealand and originated from Eastern Polynesian culture. Jason is from Hawaii — part of the Polynesian triangle. He performed the dance at the Aquaman premiere as a nod to all the parts of the New Zealand culture that had been incorporated into the movie. Share On facebook Share On facebook Share. Share On vk Share On vk Share.
Polynesia and its seafaring people, its warrior cultures and traditions play an important role in early Asian Pacific history. Although many of the Polynesian islands did not associate with American History a few such as the Hawaiian Islands, Tonga, and Samoa did come in contact with European and American colonization. Misunderstood by many European navigators as savagery and barbarism, Polynesian war dances were culturally significant as it portrayed the pride and strength in ones people before battle. We see the idea of how the Polynesian War dances was perceived by these early explorers, however to Polynesians the Haka, Sipi Tau, Siva Tau, Cibi were secret rituals to its people. American and European imperialism played a major role in the colonization of the Pacific.