Missionaries of the New Zealand Hamilton Mission were the first Missionaries in the world to have a Maori Haka designed exclusively for their mission. The idea came from former Tahitian missionary, Elder Terooatea, who thought “If the mission had a song, why not a Haka?”.

The President of the Hamilton Mission teamed up with local Maori experts to produce a performance tailored to the values of the mission. The missionaries learned the words and practised the actions at their recent Christmas mission conference.

One of the Senior sisters at the conference remarked “What a wonderful way to connect with the people of this land and share the missionaries passion for the people they serve”.

The Haka is not exclusively a war dance and is traditionally performed by both men and women. In modern times, various haka have been composed to be performed by women and even children. The Haka is performed for various reasons: for welcoming distinguished guests, sending off loved ones, to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals. In New Zealand Mormon tradition, the Haka is often performed after missionary fair-wells and at for their return.

 

This video was recently created for Maori Television. Full version of the Haka will come soon.

 

 

 

 

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