This New Zealand Wedding Haka Is So Powerful | World Wide Wed | Refinery29

It was really important for us to go back
to New Zealand to have our wedding. Māori culture is something we were brought
up with and is how all our family were raised before us. Everything about the Māori culture I’m
proud of. In a wedding, people just do what they feel
is right. We’ll go with the flow. My dad’s from Whakatāne and his tribe is
Tūhoe. My dad was born in Rotorua and his iwi, his
tribe is Aotearoa. In the wedding there are elements we’ll
take from Christianity as well as from a Kiwi-style wedding with some Māori aspects. This is a bone carving. It’s called a manaia. The fish hook at the bottom represents safe
travels. It’s special to me particularly because
it was my dad’s and sort of represents a guardian angel. I want to have it in the wedding so it will
probably be around my bouquet. Mine’s a “pounamu” which is a greenstone. Greenstone holds a spirit so you can’t just
take it. Greenstone is only from the west coast of
the South Island of New Zealand. This is special to me because it came from
my parents, so it’s quite unifying for us. We’re just really looking forward to spending
the day with our closest friends and family and just creating an atmosphere of love and
whanaungatanga. Jesse proposed to me in Lake Tekapo. I was looking out at the lake when I turned
around and he was down on one knee and now we’re getting married at Lake Tekapo as
well. We went up on a hill with Aoraki in the background. Aoraki is New Zealand’s highest mountain. It’s one of New Zealand’s great ‘tūpuna’
or ancestors. It holds a huge amount of respect and significance
to New Zealanders. Jesse and Olivia, I now pronounce you husband
and wife. You may kiss the bride. We’re going to go back to an old woolshed
and have our reception there. Let’s say a big old cheers to Mr. and Mrs.
Goodhue! We’ve organized a menu with a local caterer. It’s local produce all from New Zealand. Before we eat, we’ll be saying a ‘karakia’
which is a prayer very similar to grace in Christianity. I’ve grown up as a Christian and felt that it
was really important to include that in the wedding but won’t take away from the Māori
culture. We’ll make sure that both are included and
represent us. Father, Son, Holy Spirit, faithful angels
and mouthpieces of God, support us forever and ever. Amen. In terms of Māori culture there may be a
haka – it’s a strong song with physical actions. People will do the haka to honor the people
getting married. It’s a huge sign of respect. One part of Māori culture that will most
definitely be in the wedding is called a ‘hongi’. It’s pretty much a Māori way of a handshake
but it’s got a lot more meaning to it. You put your noses together and you share
a breath. You’re sharing your life force. It’s a way of cementing the unity between
two people. Bringing all my tūpuna, bringing everyone
before me to where I am to get married next to Liv, that’s what I’m proudest of and
that’s not only just being Māori too, that’s being a New Zealander. Thanks for watching World Wide Wed. Subscribe to Refinery29 to never miss an episode.


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