Maōri experts support haka use in rap clip

Talisa Kupenga

Katahi te kiriata rotarota no Amerika ka puta whānui ki runga Pukamata, ka kake i te rua rau rima tekau mano kitenga, e wha mano rima rau nga tohanga. Ki tā etahi matanga matauranga Māori he painga he whakamana i te ahurea Māori te kiriata nei. Tera pea te pātai mena ka tautoko te iwi Māori, me whakahē rānei?

Ehara te roopu nei i te tohunga haka engari tā te Kaiwhakaako o Te Ara Poutama a Robert Pouwhare he pai tonu.

"Pai ki au tera na te mea kaore i mahi whakaparahako, kaore i mea penei hi hi hi ho ha ha ho ranei ne? Kaore i pera te mahi o te haka. I mahia i runga i te wairua tika i runga i te wairua pai."

Ko te waiata 'Motivation' nā James Curran ara ko Jamesthemormon no Utah e hāngai pū ana ki te whānau, te mahi kaha kia eke panuku.

"It's a traditional war dance and it’s to pump you up and motivate you to win and I feel like any person that's what they’re doing in the morning,” hei tā Curran.

He Māori kei te Whare Wananga o Brigham Young kei te whakaari mai.

E ai ki a Dr Ella Henry he Kaiwhakaako ki AUT, "I'm from a school that is quite happy for non-Māori to take Māori symbols and Māori cultural practice and use them and share them because for me that keeps our culture alive and widespread."

Hei tā Curran, "I think it's a very motivating dance and I tried to make it so it was authentic we have actual Māori’s doing it, everyone was Māori.”

Kua kitea te whakamahi i te ahurea Māori, hei ta Pouwhare mena he tika te wairua kei te pai.

“The Māori culture and indeed the world is changing. If we're not forward-thinking we will get left behind. The bigger picture is that Māori is being shared with the rest of the world.”

Ehara tenei te mutunga o te kite i te ahurea Māori e whakamahia ana e te hunga o ta waahi.