About the haka

The Ngai Tahu is the local Christchurch Iwi and was therefore the obvious Maori tribe for Super Shuttle to align itself with to perform the Super Haka and send a powerful message of support to our Cantabrian family.

Their haka - the tenei te ruru is extremely popular and regularly performed at Ngai Tahu gatherings.

The origins of this haka are very old as it was a whakaaraara pa or the cry of a sentry to alert the residents of the pa to approaching danger.

The haka metaphorically speaks of the ruru or owl which is ever vigilant.  Like the sentry of the pa, it will not be swayed from its task and will remain resolute – a theme most appropriate in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake to reinforce the message that we will not be deterred from rebuilding Otautahi (Christchurch).

Perhaps the message behind this simple haka is best demonstrated in its first line - ‘Otautahi, maraka maraka’ – which is a rallying call for Christchurch and its people to rise up once again and to remain resolute as they rebuild.

We performed the Ngai Tahu haka at the 4 events on the 19th May. It is a wonderful haka. Watch the instructional videos.

Download songsheet here.

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