Mau Rākau - Lessons of Taha Māori

Aug. 8, 2019, 3:51 p.m.

Traditional Māori weaponry has been through a renaissance over the last few decades and through pioneers of the craft, mau rākau and weapons associated with have become a trademark for Māori culture featuring in many aspects of our rituals and traditions.

Ururaiaha Awarau has started teaching the craft in Kaitaia and enjoys the revitalisation aspects it opens for te ao Māori.

“Through being part of these classes, we’re being a part of the revitalisation of te reo Māori and other important parts of our rich culture.

“It inspires you to be healthy, strong and a protector for our whānau,” said Awarau.

Awarau said through the classes, you’re able to move up in ranks or pou where each pou teaches different skills sets for all ages and both genders.

“Mau rākau doesn’t discriminate age or gender. This is a creation of our tupuna, if it was good enough for them - it’s good for us.”

The art of mau rākau balances on both physical learnings as well as mental preparation where one learns about self confidence, self esteem and unity.

Tags: Culture


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