It’s so important, especially now, for whānau to revive and practice our traditional ways of learning.
Through Mahi ā Rehia we record and remember our history. We celebrate. We commemorate. We grieve and heal. Through kapa haka we access so much mātauranga and so many traditional practices: Kākahu, Tā moko, Mau rākau, Pakari tīnana, Oro Pūtaiao, Te Ao Tūroa, Pūrakau, Whakapapa. We see our rangatahi perform and we know we’re watching leaders emerge. They gain confidence, become grounded in knowing, ko wai, nō hea. Now we see our kaumātua taking to the stage to entertain, reminisce about their youth, and in some cases, perform for the first time ever. And in our newly reimagined post-coronavirus future, our re-membered ways of being, all of those things will unite us, strengthen us, and show us the way. E kore ngā taonga e ngaro, ka hoki ki te Wāhi Ngaro, huna ai. Tāria te wā, ka hoki mai anō.