Nga Mahi a Rehia

As the Matariki star cluster rises over Te Waonui a Tiriwa this winter, a special haka will echo across the forest, celebrating the history of Te Kawerau a Maki. 

Written by first-time composer Tyler Rakataura Taua-Gordon, it brings together the old and the new. “This is the first haka written specifically for our iwi,” shares the 23-year-old. “I am honoured that the wero (challenge) was extended to me, a rangatahi of our tribe.” 

Named Te Kawerau a Maki, it was inspired by the tribe’s pepeha, while also acknowledging the past with some cheeky kupu taken from an old whānau haka. 

As a Teacher Aide at Kelston Intermediate, Tyler wanted the haka to be solid, yet basic enough for tamariki to learn. With the help of students from his kura, he has spent the past few months teaching the haka to primary and intermediate-aged children at seven West Auckland schools. Three community lessons will be held to enable members of the public to learn the haka.  

“It is written for those who whakapapa to our iwi and for those who acknowledge Te Kawerau a Maki, like many of our local schools and community groups. Through this haka, we have taught more than 600 people about our tupuna, our waka and our whenua.”

Te Kawerau a Maki haka will be performed in public for the first time at the Matariki Dawn Karakia on Saturday 30 June at the Arataki Visitor Centre. All those who have learnt the haka are encouraged to attend and join in the celebration (details on page 15).

“This haka is bigger than just myself or this kaupapa. It will live on long after us,” shares Tyler. “I am proud to have been part of this legacy.”

 

Kaea: Te Kawerau a Maki e ngunguru nei

I au, au, aue hā! 

Kaea: E te ringa ruirui

Ruirui ruirui

Kaea: E te ringa ruirui 

Ruirui, ruirui 

Kaea: E whiu natinati

Natinati, natinati 

Kaea: E whiu natinati 

Natinati, natinati 

Kaea: E te tara huna 

Huna, huna 

Kaea: E te tara huna 

Huna, huna 

Hei aha te kotiro hei whakatekoti tekota te pakopako

Ka kiemi ka tiemi, hi aue hi! 

Kaea: Whakapoupoua 

Hi 

Kaea: Whakapoupoua 

Hi 

Kaea: Whakapoupoua

Ki runga Te Waonui a Tiriwa 

Ngā uri heke o Te Kawerau a Maki 

Tū rangatira Rakataura te tohunga o runga Tainui he waka takere nui

Kaea: E tū

E tū te maunga o Puketōtara, Kowhatukiteuru te tangata 

Kia toa, kia ū, kia manawanui

Kia rite ki te kauri o te Waonui a Tiriwa

HI, HĀ, AUE!