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Mau Rakau workshop and Pūkana whānau tour — Session 1

Date: Friday 24 April 2020, 9am to 11am
Cost: Free. Spaces are limited. Please arrive early to secure your spot.
Contact details: events.natlib@dia.govt.nz
Cancelled

Be inspired by a tour through the ‘Pūkana: moments in Māori performance’ exhibition, then join in a mau rākau (Māori martial art) workshop learning about Māori weaponry and combat stances.

This event is cancelled to protect against the risk of COVID-19.

Learn Māori martial arts

This mau rakau workshop is fun way for the whole family to engage in Māori martial arts in a respectful way and learn more about the philosophy behind this ancient art form.

No previous knowledge is required. Watch matua Whaitiri Poutawa demonstrate the routine with a taiaha and talk about the history and tikanga (Māori protocol) around the mau rākau.

Then it’s your turn to give it a go! No matter how young or old you are, everybody is welcome to join!

Spaces are limited

Spaces are limited. Please arrive early to secure your spot.

What to bring

Children need to be actively supervised by an adult. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Rakau will be provided.

Be prepared to get hot!

About the presenter

Whaitiri Poutawa is an experienced mau rākau (Māori martial art) instructor who teaches school children and adults.

Boys to gentlemen: How a Maori martial art is teaching tough kids to be good men — Stuff article about Whaitiri Poutawa

People participating in mau rāu.
Everybody can join in the mau rakau workshop with Whaitiri Poutawa.