Iraia Bailey (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is giving his taiaha rest over the next couple of months, as he prepares to compete in the World Fireknife Championships later this year. Being a Samoan practice - only a handful of Māori are known to to be able to perform the art, and for Bailey - it has helped him to gain a greater appreciation for Pacific cultures.
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Kiwa and Koa Mo’o are a pair of brothers who whakapapa to Ngāti Porou, but were brought up in the United States. They are currently students of Toi Hawaiki - a mau rākau branch of Te Whare Tū Taua o Aotearoa based in Hawaii - in which they have found peace in the learning of their Māori identity.
Ngāti Whakaue are fundraising to bring to life a goal they have been working towards achieving for more than thirty years to attend the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hawai'i. Kereama Wright has the details.
Full preparations are underway in Hawai’i as they prepare for FESTPAC 2020, the world's largest pacific cultural festival. With 28 different pacific islands invited to the event, including over 100 from Aotearoa, Hawai'i commissioner Mehanaokalā Hind says it is an opportunity to unite, share and grow individually and collectively as pacific island nations.