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Haturini McGarvey
Iwi:
Tūhoe, Whakatōhea, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Whakaue

Master of Māori Studies

Background Summary:

Ko te kaupapa i whaia e au mō taku tuhinga paerua ko Ngā Haka Tūtauā a Te Māori, arā ko ngā haka pakanga a o tātou tipuna i hakaina i mua i te tuku i a rātou ki te mura o te ahi, te kati o te pō. Oti rā, nō tau e whā kua pahore ake i whakaarangia e ngā uri o te raupatu enei tūmomo haka ki ngā whakamaumaharatanga huri i te motu, tīmata ki Rangiriri 2013, huri ki roto o Mataatua ki Pukehinahina (Tauranga-moana) 2014, Te Tarata (Te Whakatohea) 2015, Maungapohatu 2016, ā, ko te pakanga o Te Kupenga (Ngāti Awa) i tēnei tau 2016.

I graduated in 2016 with a Master of Māori Studies. My masters thesis was entitled Ngā Haka Tūtauā a Te Māori, examining the war haka performed before mortal combat with one’s enemy. There has been a revival of haka tūtauā in recent times which has coincided with the New Zealand Land Wars commemorations which began in Rangiriri (Waikato) in 2013 and in 2016 marks the 152nd commemoration of the battle of Te Kupenga 1865. Many of the old haka tūtauā have been revived and new haka tūtauā composed to teach ourselves, our mokopuna and tauiwi what happened before, during and after the New Zealand wars.   

Composition of haka and waiata is also the subject of my current PhD studies. My interest in kapa haka is in part due to its contribution to the reaffirmation and revival of cultural identity, which includes te reo, haka and waiata, Māori weaponry, oratory, karanga, whaikōrero and karakia.