The Manawa Mai Tawhiti logo was designed and created by Joni Brooking (Tairawhiti)
Whakataka te hau ki te uru, whakataka te hau ki te tonga
Kia mākinakina ki uta, kia mātaratara ki tai
E hī ake ana te atākura he tio, he huka, he hauhunga
Haumi e! Hui e! Tāiki e!
Get ready for the westerly and be prepared for the southerly
It will be icy cold inland and icy cold on the shore
May the dawn rise red-tipped on ice, on snow, on frost
Join! Gather! Intertwine!
Established in Perth, WA in July 2009, and incorporated in October 2010 as a not-for-profit organisation, Manawa Mai Tawhiti is a traditional Māori Performing Arts group where we learn, participate, join and celebrate being Māori. The retention of traditional Māori language and customs is influenced by music, dance and lyrics and these are aspects that are very important to us.
Our name Manawa Mai Tawhiti means “Yearning from afar”. This name derives from our collective yearning for all things that are home (NZ), and that although we live and work in Perth and wider Western Australian community, it is important to retain and maintain cultural essence away from NZ, whilst respecting other cultures and peoples.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians on the lands where we are based, the Nyungar Aboriginal People of the South West of Western Australia – The Elders, both past and present, and pay our deep respects to them.
Kia ora tātou.1