Kaupapa: Indigenous

Māori risk safety with haka at Standing Rock

Ahatia mōrearea ana te mahi, ka tū tonu tētahi tira Māori ki te haka i te pae o te riri i Osceti Sakowin i Amerika. Mai i te Rātapu nei te rōpū tokoono e noho ana i taua kōpuni, hei taunaki i te tū porotēhi o te iwi Sioux nō te Toka Tū ki te paipa hinu i Dakota. 

Ahakoa ngā whakatūpato ka kore pea e rata mai ngā pirihimana, ka haka tonu a Kereama Te Ua me tana tira. 

Hei tā Kereama Te Ua, "I didn't think I was going to do it there. I just had an overwhelming feeling to drop to my knee and deliver something from my ancestors, knowing full well that a haka would have provoked them, they wouldn't understand what it means, and these guys are looking at any reason to take a shot at us.”

Nō inānahi ki te rangi whakawhētai o Amerika, e ai ki a Te Ua, ko te tuku karakia kē te mahi ki te pae o te riri, nā whai anō i ngā tohutohu a ngā rangatira o te iwi Sioux.

"It was really about my ancestors acknowledging their ancestors and letting them know that we're here to support them and even if we're not there ā tīnana, there's a maunga of people and a maunga of my ancestors standing behind me, standing for Standing Rock," tā Te Ua.

E whia marama te iwi Sioux me te tini ngerongero nō te ao whānui kei nōhia a Toka Tū, hei tohe i te hanganga o te paipa hinu rarowhenua, ā, hei tā rātou he haere poka noa tēnei i tō rātou urupā tapu. Inānahi rā, i whakatōpū ai ngā kaitiaki wai ki mua ki tō rātou urupā ki Motuhonu.

Ko tā Te Ua, "What we saw were their numbers dwindled off because the security guards and the police officers decided to go home and have turkey with their families.  A quick action was put together and we went out to the river to build a bridge so that we can go over.// They then got us to circle up at the end and the circle was huge//and the karakia they were all going off."

Ka hoki mai te tira tokoono ki Aotearoa i te rā nei.  E ai ki a Te Ua, ka kauwhau tonu rātou i ngā mānukanuka o te iwi taketake o Sioux ki te katoa, ā, ka whawhai tonu mō ngā take whenua Māori.

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