Group learn warrior ways
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.
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