Robert Bouman


HAKA Workshop

How does a Dutch guy from the island of Vlieland become a Haka instructor?

At Campfire Stories Robert will share his interesting life story on how he got taught the Haka from a Maori family and received permission to share their culture with other people. To us this is the perfect example of how we are all connected, no matter where you are born you can share each others cultures and keep them alive.


The Haka is a type of ancient Māori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield or when groups came together in peace. Haka are a fierce display of a tribe's pride, strength and unity. Actions include foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant.

Today, Haka are still used during (Māori) ceremonies and celebrations to honour guests and to show the importance of the occasion.

Robert will not only share his story but he will teach us the Haka too!

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