February 21, 2017
Muriwhenua kapa haka adopts hauora lifestyle
Kapa haka Muriwhenua has got extra healthy for this week's Te Matatini.
The bracket the far north roopu will perform on the stage at Hastings reflects a new found commitment to healthy lifestyles, including stands against drug use, gambling harm, unhealthy food and smoking.
Kaihaka Thomas Strickland says when they were composing their haka and waiata, the tutors responded to what seemed to be a torrent of negative news about Kaitaia.
"It got to a point we had enough and decided the kaupapa was our home. Our whare, as we say in the haka, is a bit tita, it's not stable, it's not strong. At Muriwhenua we have introduced hauora into our kapa haka regime not only for its benefits but more as a lifestyle for our whanau and for us to be role models within our community," he says.
Thomas Strickland says over the past few months many whanau members have become smokefree and given up alcohol.
The Muriwhenua ropu includes participants from Ngati Kuri, Ngai Takoto, Ngati Kahu, Te Aupouri and Te Rarawa.
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