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Haki was happy to give me a ‘smile’ for the camera:) The expression is actually called a ‘Pukana’ which means “(verb) to stare wildly, dilate the eyes – done by both genders when performing haka and waiata to emphasise particular words. You can see another photo here which will also show you woman (wahine) with their traditional tattoo’s and a select of Patu’s. (Bat like weapons.)

Below are some candid shots that I took from the event which was held in Papamoa (a beach subrub not far from Tauranga City.) For those of you who are interested the word “Ra” means Day and “Whakangahau” means to entertain and amuse. The ‘Wh” is pronounced like a F.

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

Lisa Sarsfield 2008

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

 

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