MATAORA & KAUAE
+ THE BLUE PRIVILEGE +
He Tohu Kahurangi, He Tohu Rangatira
If you are considering receiving the facial markings from Turumakina, we ask that you peruse this page to gain an understanding of the protocols and processes one must go through to embark on the journey of mataora/kauae. Mataora & Kauae are reservedly for those of Maori descent only. To wear the markings of your ancestors proudly, it is necessary to also understand the history of these markings.
Some of the korero shared here comes from a variety of sources and also from a personal standpoint. Do note that not all moko artists or moko enthusiasts espouse to this peka korero. For as many diverse marae and hapu there are, there are also just as many diverse tikanga, korero and beliefs.
THE PATHWAY OF MATAORA/KAUAE
The pathway to Mataora/Kauae is a process of seeking the support and guidance of your whanau and elders in undertaking this life changing experience. Tattooing the face can have obvious social implications, our modern world is of a capitalistic and politically biased structure, and one must be prepared for some challenging encounters from society.
Jobs have been terminated and denied, racism and fear can make people react to your pathway in undesirable ways. So having that support system in place will mitigate a sense of aloneness, and in fact will strengthen your stance and choice to wear this noble mark with a humble pride and rooted strength.
Approach the journey in a ceremonial manner, this is a rites of passage! And should be taken on at an important time in life. Having a good kaupapa or reason will ground the journey with mana! It is your birthright as a Maori descendant, but should be taken up as a benchmark of achievement or a commemoration of an important person or event in ones life. Not because it’s trendy!
The next step is to ensure you resonate with Turumakina's mahi and energy. To better understand him as an individual and as your kai ta, here's a poem he wrote on the sacred work of ta moko to give you an insight of how highly he respects the mahi and the connection he shares with the wearer.
MOKO - The Ancient Mark
Born of Rarohenga in the realms of the deep
Through mists of the ages the sages do keep
The sacred links and priestly connections
To WhakaRuuaumoko the fledgling god turned under,
Beneath the surface of mother Gaia,
Given to him a sacred fire,
Eruptions volcanic through veins of the earth
Our mother left beautifully scarred and adorned gives birth to her children
Of the redness of earth from Kurawaka are we,
Reflecting the gods perfectly, divinely
Great Taane our father progenitor true
Of Hine and Tiki from Papatuuaanuku!
Deep are the furrows of kauri stained brows,
Ancient the blood stained chisel that ploughs,
Through flesh and bone,
Ancestral lines chiefly in origin and intent
This privileged legacy of sacred descent
Masterfully delineated in symmetrical prose
Resting on layers of glory and woes
Bridging the worlds of darkness and light
Mataora and Niwareka in their fateful plight
He of the light and She of the night
Brought chisel and healing to the realm of the light
Thus are the origins of the ancient mark
Thus is the journey of which we embark.
If all the above resonates with you, then by all means please proceed with the booking process