Focus on Te Ao Māori: Pōwhiri with Bradford Haami (Focus Webinar Series 2020)

Focus on Te Ao Māori: Pōwhiri with Bradford Haami (Focus Webinar Series 2020)

The term Te Ao Māori means ‘Māori world’. As many church communities adopt Treaty principles there is a need to learn more about traditional Māori practices. This webinar takes an in-depth view of the pōwhiri(or pōhiri), a formal ritual process for bringing visitors onto a marae. Nowadays it is also used in other contexts, such as to welcome new students or new staff to a school or workplace. Pōwhiri is a process for weaving peoples together, not simply a ritualized welcome. In the process, it acknowledges the ancestors of those present. It is designed to bring harmony and allow for productive cooperation in all that follows.

Bradford Haami lives in West Auckland. He is Ngāti from Whakatāne, with strong family links to Ngāti Kahungunu, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Apa and Kai Tahu tribes. He is currently studying indigenous theology at Laidlaw College and has lectured at Carey on biculturalism. He has been involved in reconciliation ministry since 2012.

Bradford is an accomplished Māori author, journalist and lecturer with added experience in film and television media. He self-published True Red; The Life of an ex-Mongrel Mob Gang Leader(2004) and Ka Mau Te Wehi Taking Haka To The World, which won the 2013 Ngā Kupu Ora Best Māori Biography of the Year Award. In 2016 he published The River of the Waters of Life: A Biography of Ike Samuels a missionary to Papua New Guinea. He has just recently completed a book on the implementation of cultural safety into the mainstream New Zealand hospital system and another on the history of Māori urban migration since World War II. 

Bradford's research was crucial in the making of the acclaimed tv thriller series Mataku, the cinema film Tracker and more recently the Māori film Mahana. He was also the researcher/writer for the acclaimed Kiingitanga: the untold story (2015/2016) a tv series for Māori Television. Besides being a writer, he is currently the Māori curator in the concept development for the renewal of the Natural History Exhibition for Te Papa.


This webinar series provides a stimulating training resource for church leaders, practitioners, and volunteers. Each month a new focus illuminates topics from theology, Bible, pastoral care, mission, youth, history, and culture. The content is provided by high calibre academic researchers and practitioners of Carey’s faculty and other experts in thier field.

Each webinar is an hour long, containing 40 minutes of content, with live Q&A. These are recorded with ongoing access available online. Watch on your own, or together as a leadership team, or create a group to join together for this 8-month series.One reading (a book chapter or article) is included after each webinar to go a little deeper.

Event Properties

Event Date 01-07-2020 7:30 pm
Event End Date 01-07-2020 8:30 pm
Registration Start Date 25-10-2019
Cut off date 01-07-2020 6:30 pm
Individual Price $25 per webinar
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$21.74

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