Haka

The haka is a ceremonial Māori war dance or challenge. Haka are usually performed in a group and represent a display of a tribe's pride, strength and unity.

Actions include the stomping of the foot, the protrusion of the tongue and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. The words of a haka often poetically describe ancestors and events in the tribe's history.

Traditionally, the haka was performed when two parties met as part of the customs around encounters. 

For example, the haka was used on the battlefield to prepare warriors mentally and physically for battle, but it was also performed when groups came together in peace. 

Today, haka are still used during ceremonies and celebrations to honour guests and show the importance of the occasion. This includes family events, like birthdays, graduations, weddings and funerals.

The Mayfair School Haka - Te Oki, was composed and gifted to the school in 2018 by the schools 14th principal, Ricardo Fox. The composing of the Haka took place on the Amtrak Cascade train between Seattle and Portland. Mr Fox was inspired majestic trees of America's Pacific Northwest and how nature and the schools oak tree are central to life, identity and strength.

Te Oki

Taringa whakarongo! Kia rite! Kia rite! Kia mau! Hi!

Kia whakataa hoki au i ahau,

Hi, au! Au! Aue, ha! Hi!

 

Tēnā i ruia

Ruia

 

Tēnā i ruia

Ruia

 

Titaha

Titaha

 

Ko wai te rangatira o tātou kura?

Te Oki, Te Oki

 

Ko wai te tupuna o tātou kura?

Kahungunu, Kahungunu

 

He aha te kaupapa o tātou kura?

Kia whakatipu tamariki miharo

 

Tu te ihi, tu te wana

Tu te ihi, tu te wana

Ki runga i te whenua,

Ki raro te oki e.

 

Hi

 

Pukana

Pukana

Pukana

The Oak

Let me go back to my first gasp of breath

 Let me rest before commencing

It is my moment! 

 

Reveal your inner strength!

In deed

 

Reveal your inner strength!

In deed

 

Swing

Swing

 

Who is the chief of our school?

The Oak, The Oak

 

Who is the ancestor of our school?

Kahungunu, Kahungunu

 

What is the purpose of our school?

Growing great kids.

 

Exhibit the life force, show the life force

Exhibit the life force, show the life force

On the land,

 underneath the oak tree

 

It is the end

 

Stare wildly 

Stare wildly 

Stare wildly