Poi Tukua is a national kaupapa that builds on the excitement and momentum of previous world cups, and stages of Te Matatini Kapahaka Festival. Poi Tukua had the people of Aotearoa New Zealand and our manuhiri (international visitors) say “karawhiua!” and they gave poi a go!
The phrase, Poi Tukua, was aptly named by Māori Language Academic, Sir Tīmoti Karetu, to send poi beyond Te Ao Māori (the Maori world). Poi Tukua encouraged people from all walks of life to engage in Te Ao Māori during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023TM. Poi Tukua cemented poi as an international symbol of empowerment for wāhine and was a way of showing our support for athletes. People brought their own poi to the tournament or collected one of many that was available around stadia. It was a great chance to support our athletes throughout the life of the tournament and beyond.
We want everyone to cherish and respect poi, whilst also having fun! You can still join the Poi Tukua movement to grow our legacy and nurture the journey of poi. Kia kaha tātou mā, give it a go!
Understanding the whakapapa of poi and the power of this taonga. Emphasising the importance of sustainable practices, ethical production and use of taonga poi. Seeing this from a Māori worldview.
Upholding the mana of Te Ao Māori, taonga and the people of Aotearoa. Empowering everyone to cherish taonga poi and confidently wield them.
Symbolises unity as one tribe coming together. Galvanising Aotearoa through waiata, performance and play. Upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Establishment of new pathways, growth of relationships and the understanding that Poi Tukua is a legacy to foster and cherish.