Tikanga refers to the correct way of doing things. Not in a formal sense, but in a truer, deeper spirit. There is much power and beauty in the traditional arts of Maori, and doing things in a Tikanga way taps into that strength.
In the past, representations of Maori have been sanitized, formalized and made picturesque for tourists. In the process, depth and emotion has been lost or obscured. The restoration of Tikanga brings impact, resonance and memorability. It’s not about political correctness or merely ticking the right protocol boxes, it’s about a new appreciation of the culture that can have a lasting effect on both Pakeha and Maori.