Group learn war­rior ways

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - PIPPA BROWN

A group of Kaik­oura men and boys were trans­formed into war­riors at a week­end train­ing camp held at Taka­hanga Marae last month.

The Mauri Tane Wananga was hosted by Te Ahi Wairua o Kaik­oura Char­i­ta­ble Trust on Au­gust 19 and 20.

A group of 16 men and boys, aged seven years and up, learned about tra­di­tional weaponry and well­be­ing from Mau Rakau ex­pert, Christchurch-based Matiu Thoms.

The week­end co­or­di­nated by con­sta­ble David Gil­lies, who taught Tane Hauora – male well­be­ing high­lighted through the learn­ing the skills of Mau Rakau, Tikanga Maori – ex­plain­ing pro­to­cols and Whakawhanaun­gatanga – build­ing and main­tain­ing re­la­tion­ships.

Mau rakau, mean­ing ‘‘to bear a weapon’’, is a mar­tial art based on tra­di­tional Maori weapons.

Trustee Misty Wil­son said the group trained dur­ing the week­end and then demon­strated the weaponry tech­niques to a com­mu­nity au­di­ence.

‘‘The group slept over at the marae, and trained all day Satur­day and Sun­day morn­ing,’’ Gil­lies said.

Af­ter the train­ing we had a powhiri and mem­bers of the Trust wel­comed po­lice sergeant Matt Boyce, and con­sta­ble James Robert­son, who re­cently moved to Kaik­oura.

‘‘Af­ter a hangi feast the Mauri Tane Wananga group demon­strated their new-found tech­niques,’’ Gil­lies said.

The demon­stra­tion was the cul­mi­na­tion of learn­ing for those par­tic­i­pants in­volved in the week­end guided by Thoms, she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about fu­ture events go to www.face­book.com/ TAWKka­pa­haka.

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