John Rua participates in a taiaha course

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John Rua participates in an annual taiaha course and as a participant, he leads a pōwhiri, welcoming the visitors. ‘Te Karere’ visits the course to film John and find out more from his course instructors.
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‘Te Karere’ watches John Rua, a renowned carver, from Ngāi Tūhoe participate in a taiaha course. The course is provided annually by the Roopu Reo Whanaungatanga of Ōtautahi in Christchurch. John learns by watching the others and what they do with their taiaha. His instructors Mita Mohi and Tipene Rangihuna are quite pleased with his expertise in carving. It is an exchange of culture and knowledge. Through their teaching him of the taiaha, John also teaches them his language - sign language.

Please note this video is in te reo Māori. SignDNA is pleased to have organised translation into English to make it accessible. We’d like to organise a NZSL translation, and would be grateful for any volunteers in this area.

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SignDNA – Deaf National Archive New Zealand, TVNZ35-01-TV96