NZ Spirit Festival Opening (Powhiri) Ceremony

KAIHAKA haka powhiri runs as follows:


  1. Kaiputatara would blow putatara three times.

  2. Kaitataki would chant for the three Toa to advance forward.

  3. Toa would advance forward displaying their Mau Taiaha prowess and flank the manuwhiri.

  4. Kaitaonga puhoro would play taonga puhoro (traditional Maori instruments) during the advance of the three toa.

  5. Kaiputatara would sound once.

  6. Kaitataki would do chant for Kaiwero to advance forward for the wero to the main male dignatary to pickup.

  7. Kaikaranga would be standing with the manuwhiri and will direct the dignitary when to pickup the taki that the Kaiwero will place on the ground. The Kaikaranga will also inform manuwhiri of the haka powhiri process, translate when needed and karanga for manuwhiri at the appropriate time.

  8. Kaiwero will advance and place taki on ground for the male dignitary to pick up.

  9. Kaikaranga will karanga to the manuwhiri and the Kaikaranga standing with the manuwhiri will respond with karanga.

  10. kaiHaka as a group will perform a welcoming haka.

  11. Kaikorero will give a welcoming speech.

  12. kaiHaka will perform a waiata tautoko followed by a haka tautoko.

  13. Manuwhiri then have opportunity to respond with a whaikorero/speech followed by a waiata.

  14. kaiHaka Kaikorero will then respond with a closing Whaikorero whakakapi followed with a waiata / haka tautoko.

  15. Hongi Hariru. Manuwhiri will move forward to hongi kaiHaka members.

Cacaito Dance

​The fusion of these sensory stimuli with cacao, prayer and dance are a potent blend that enable altered states of consciousness and deep healing. You will be guided on a dance journey through sacred sounds, embodying, aligning and dancing your true nature.

A cacao ceremony is an opportunity to connect to yourself and open your heart. Because of cacao’s ability to increase your connection to your inner self and your heart chakra, it aids in any transformational shift you are working towards. Whatever your path, the intention is yours to set, and the cacao allows you to the insight and awareness to move towards that goal

Ecstatic Dance is a free form dance journey where ritual is reinvented, beauty unfolds, and energy flows in a safe space. Electronic and world rhythms weave us together as individuals within a greater family. We come together connecting our bare feet to the earth, purely communicating through our bodies, and celebrating life in all its aspects!

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