Meeting Matiu Te Huki of the Maori & Learning the Traditional Haka & Hongi ~ 7th. August, 2018

I spent all yesterday afternoon with an amazing Maori young man called Matiu Te Huki. He has over 20 years experience as a Maori language and performance teacher, he is a playwrite, musician, facilitator and leader amongst his own communities.

It reconnected me very deeply to a past life that I have had a very very very long time ago as a Maori Medicine Woman/Spiritual Healer on The Island of the Long Cloud (later named New Zealand). It was very interesting to observe how his beautiful songs and ancient heritage traditions were so similar in many ways of the Nazarean Essene Therapeutae and Native American Indian healing arts of Spirit Medicine.

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This interactive workshop covered traditional Maori practices including the art of introduction, song, haka, sharing the breath of life, story and more. The theme of the workshop was to leave people attending with ancient yet practical tools to support them in the way they stand, speak, listen, connect and move powerfully through life. This workshop also delved into the realms of the dance between the divine masculine and the divine feminine. It provided powerful healing and growth for men and women and many women there were reduced to tears just letting go of the injustices done against them during their lives. It was an interesting exercise! I thoroughly enjoyed it and if you ever get the chance to attend one of his international workshops, I highly recommend it. He has a terrific sense of humour and well as a really divine singing voice.

The traditional Māori greeting, the Hongi is done by pressing one’s nose and forehead, at the same time, to another encounter. It is used at traditional meetings among Māori people and on major ceremonies and serves a similar purpose to a formal handshake. In the hongi, the ha (or breath of life), is exchanged.[1] The breath of life can also be interpreted as the sharing of both people’s souls.

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Through the exchange of this greeting, one is no longer considered Manuhiri, a visitor, but rather Tangata whenua, one of the people of the land. For the remainder of the stay, one is obliged to share in all the duties and responsibilities of the home people. In earlier times, that may have meant bearing arms in times of war or tending crops, such as kumara.

When Māori greet one another by pressing noses, the tradition of sharing the breath of life is considered to have come directly from the gods. In Māori mythology, woman was created by the Gods moulding her shape out of the earth. The god Tane embraced the figure and breathed into her nostrils. She then sneezed and came to life, creating the first woman in Māori legends, Hineahuone.

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