Haka For Life

Help us empower men to speak out about depression, anxiety and suicide.

Haka For Life is non-profit charitable organisation providing a unique platform for men to communicate powerfully and raise awareness of mens mind health.

Sydney Mardi Gras 2021
Haka For Life at the 2021 Sydney Mardi Gras. We wanted the LGBTQIA community, our Takatāpui (rainbow whanau) to hear, along with the rest of our world our stand is to have people choosing life… ‘Ka Ora Ka Ora – I Live I Live’.

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Our Story

Haka For Life was founded by Leon Ruri and originally created to help break the stigma of silence by teaching people the haka.

We, the Leadership of Haka for Life declare that we stand for the lives of men

  • Listening without judgement
  • A voice for the unheard
  • A home for love, joy & vulnerability
  • Guardians of culture

Creating strong communities and leadership worldwide.

We are guided by these values in everything we do and all that we are

  • Manaaki Tanga
    Literally is to bestow a blessing upon your guests and others you host
  • Kotahi Tanga
    Unity and oneness in word, actions and intention
  • Whanaunga Tanga
    To value and practice the forming of kinship and relationships
  • Rangatira Tanga
    To weave together. Ranga – Weave. Tira – Group – People together. tanga – Actions – practice
  • Kaitiaki Tanga
    Guardian, care for. Tiaki – ‘to guard’ depending upon context and can also mean, to keep, to preserve, to conserve, to foster, to protect, to shelter, to keep watch over. (Woven universe). Kai – agent of the act. Guardianship, preservation, conservation, fostering, protecting, sheltering. (Woven universe)
  • Integrity
  • Keeping it real
    Authenticity
  • Transparency
    Open & Honest
  • Acceptance
  • Humour