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MANAHAU EMBODIED MOVEMENT 

NAU MAI HAERE MAI WELCOME.
I acknowledge that my website is created on WIX, that it is Israeli owned and supports the IDF. I am currently in the process of creating another platfrom. Free Palestine, Liberation to all humans. Ngā mihi Kaia

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Collaboration with Majero Bouman and Open Floor International 

GROUND FLOOR LAB
online

This Ground Floor Lab is a 5-week online course, held on Zoom over

- Five Sunday sessions October 6th – November 3rd Oceania​​

- Five Saturday sessions October 5th - November 2nd Americas

​​An opportunity to learn resources necessary for our current climate. This ongoing grounds us in community and body wisdom, as we explore the Open Floor syllabus. Over five weeks, the intentional, slower pace provides clarity and support for learning.

For anyone wanting to learn how we teach Open Floor

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • SENSE MAKING ~ Art in Motion ~ DROP IN CLASS
    SENSE MAKING ~ Art in Motion ~ DROP IN CLASS
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, 15 Jul
    ZOOM
    15 Jul 2024, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    ZOOM
    15 Jul 2024, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    ZOOM
    How the fuck do we make sense of all that is going on right now? Is it even possible? Creativity is required now more than ever.
  • TĒNEI TE PŌ ~ Winter Wānanga
    TĒNEI TE PŌ ~ Winter Wānanga
    Thu, 18 Jul
    Memorial Hall
    18 Jul 2024, 6:30 pm – 20 Jul 2024, 10:00 pm
    Memorial Hall, 98 The Parade, Paekākāriki 5034, New Zealand
    18 Jul 2024, 6:30 pm – 20 Jul 2024, 10:00 pm
    Memorial Hall, 98 The Parade, Paekākāriki 5034, New Zealand
    Three nights and one day. Thursday night is our open community dance ~ optional Full wānanga Friday and Saturday
  • DECOLONISING OUR WAYS
    DECOLONISING OUR WAYS
    Mon, 22 Jul
    ZOOM
    22 Jul 2024, 7:00 pm – 12 Aug 2024, 8:30 pm
    ZOOM
    22 Jul 2024, 7:00 pm – 12 Aug 2024, 8:30 pm
    ZOOM
    Body, Movement, Revolution! FOUR WEEKS ONLINE 22, 29 JULY, 5, 12 AUGUST ~ Focus group on Paternalism.
  • Term 3 ~ TUIA TE MUKA TANGATA - Thursday Night Ongoing
    Term 3 ~ TUIA TE MUKA TANGATA - Thursday Night Ongoing
    Thu, 01 Aug
    St Peters Village Hall
    01 Aug 2024, 6:30 pm – 26 Sept 2024, 9:00 pm
    St Peters Village Hall, Beach Road, Paekākāriki 5034, New Zealand
    01 Aug 2024, 6:30 pm – 26 Sept 2024, 9:00 pm
    St Peters Village Hall, Beach Road, Paekākāriki 5034, New Zealand
    * note the change of date for starting Our theme for this term is ~ Te Pō Tūāuri: Anchoring in the Darkness Every Thursday night ( except Sept 11th ) This is our committed group for the term time here in Kapiti.
  • TE PUNA WAIORA - Whiro Moon Dance Portal
    TE PUNA WAIORA - Whiro Moon Dance Portal
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, 04 Aug
    Makahuri Studios
    04 Aug 2024, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Makahuri Studios, 701 Old State Highway 1, Te Horo 5581, New Zealand
    04 Aug 2024, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Makahuri Studios, 701 Old State Highway 1, Te Horo 5581, New Zealand
    ~ Ritual space for she's and theys ~ Limited spaces, please only lean in if you can do a bit of grit as will be held at my studio.

MANAHAU EMBODIED MOVEMENT

MOVE.MEANT AS MIHI

Manahau Embodied Movement is the meeting of Te Ao Måori, Open Floor Movement Practice, Rongoa Toi and Ringa toi practices.

Manahau Embodied Movement has been born out of the seven years of teaching Open Floor Movement Curriculum with Måori tikanga, kaupapa, and Måori world views | Te Ao Måori.  The tipping point came when teaching at Te Papa National Museum of Aotearoa for the first Indigenous Public holiday MATARIKI 2022. So began Manahau Embodied Movement. 

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Manahau Movement kaupapa is to create Indigenized dance floors/movement spaces, so we can decondition ourselves and stand with our MANA MOTUHAKE - self-sovereignty,

Mana Tangata, Mana Atua, Mana Whenua.   

The Five Pou of Manahau Embodied Movement.

Manawa | Rongoa | Hau tu a Rongo | Ahuatanga | Ringa toi |

This practice is a resourcing type of DANCE where people come together to express themselves through MOVEMENT, CREATIVITY, MUSIC & COMMUNITY... BUT NOT IN A CHOREOGRAPHED WAY!!

At Manahau Movement we encourage you to listen to your body with your body Whakarongo, Whaka.Rongo. Only you can do you and that amazing body brain you have, will do the rest. 

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"Dancing in Kaia's dance space is the very best medicine anyone could offer me. Medicine for my soul. The opportunity for me to really connect with who I truly am and come home to myself. To simply be my true, authentic self in a space free of judgement"

Lynne Long

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KO WAI AU

Ko Kaia Hawkins toku ingoa

IWI ~ Ngāti Pahauwera, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Ruahine, Ngāti Pakeha.

I whakapapa to the East Coast and the West Coast of Aotearoa, I grew up in Pōneke and Porirua. My first love was dance, and then life lead me to become a martial Artist in my formative years. I rediscovered the power of movement and dance in clubs and at festivals in Europe at which time I was a bodyworker/massage therapist.

With my Scottish and English whakapapa I began sitting in circles with the witches they didn't burn,

discovering more about the cycles of my feminine self and our world.

When I returned to Aotearoa I began a journey of healing, it lead me on many paths back into my culture and many adventures including that of 'the process' of decolonizing my mind, and my body. These paths are what I fill up my tool kit/my kete with and the accumulation all of this and more, is how I teach. 

I am Ringa Toi, Māmā, magical soundscape creator, a weaver of music and humans, a neurodiverse human being, and a powerful space holder. The space I create on my dance floor brings a grounded spirituality. It is a brave space an indigenized space, a space of empowerment, and radical self-responsibility.

I play phat beats and melodies that call you home to yourself again and again and I fucken love it!

Come join in. It is revolutionary. 

Thanks for submitting!

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