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Spread those legs! Free Māori tourism ZOGA sessions

From Monday to Saturday over the next four weeks, we’re offering Māori tourism operators free yoga sessions via Zoom (zoom+yoga = zoga!) with renowned yoga leaders Dorothy Waetford, Taane Mete and Linsey Smith.

Spread those legs (!) and support your oranga hinengaro, oranga tinana, oranga wairua and oranga ngākau!

These classes are designed for all levels of yoga, whether it's your first or 100th time.  All ages are welcome.

Check out their profiles below, click on the day(s) you prefer and copy and paste the link into your calendar. Make sure you attend class five to ten minutes beforehand. Entry closes on the dot.

Mauri ora!



Taane Mete

Linsey Smith

Dorothy Waetford

Meeting ID: 880 5352 1733
Password: Zoga
(30 Aug, 6, 13, 20 Sept)

11am – 12pm



Meeting ID: 872 9179 2338
Password: mauriora
(31 Aug, 7, 14, 21 Sept)



8:00am – 9am

Meeting ID: 880 5352 1733
Password: Zoga 
(1, 8, 15, 22 Sept)

11am – 12pm



Meeting ID: 872 9179 2338
Password: mauriora
( 2, 9, 16, 23 Sept)



6pm – 7pm

Meeting ID: 839 9498 2835
Password: 942284

(3, 10, 17, 24 Sept)




Meeting ID: 871 5778 6366
Password: 534212

(4, 11, 18, 25 Sept)


10am – 11am



You don't need to attend every session, just click on these links for the date and time of the session that suits you best.






Ngātiwai, Ngātihine, Ngāpuhi nui tonu, Pākehā

Dorothy lives in beautiful Matapouri village on the east coast of Te Taitokerau.  She teaches weekly Shakti Naam Yoga classes at the Yoga Circle studio in Whangarei as well as regular online groups.  

Her background experience includes Māori Contemporary Dance and tertiary teaching in both Applied Arts and Maori Visual Arts. 

Well-being, arts and culture remain a strong focus for Dorothy who maintains a creative practice in uku (clay) making, firing and showcasing her work primarily with Māori and other indigenous native, creative artists.

Dorothy is motivated by her personal experience of Naam yoga and the positive health benefits gained; and is inspired by other Naam teachers and the founder of Naam yoga, Dr Joseph Michael Levry.  

She hopes the “E mara mā” sessions will resonate with other Māori and help inspire a heartfelt inner experience to creative life force energy – Mauri – through yogic breath, movement, rhythm and sound practices.

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Koriki

Ngā kanikani a Papatūānuku - movement of the earth is my way of expressing life. To experience a deeper connection to Wairua, revealing the ancient wisdom that is embedded in my DNA.  

With a dance career expanding 40 years, Taane is one of New Zealand’s most revered dancers and choreographers. Māori culture and the rich tapestry of Aotearoa influences his artistic palette allowing him to weave together profound work steeped in tradition from an Indigenous perspective. His collaborative art explores new territory to produce world class performance. Taane continues to evolve his own personal embodied practice inspired by dance and movement. He teaches from the place of moving the body with awareness and ease to create space

Embody a movement practice of ease and strength accompanied by karakia, waiata and yoga movement.  A journey invoking spiritual guidance and protection. 


Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Pikiao

Kia ora, My name is Linsey Smith and I am the founder of Aroha Nui Yoga.

I am a yoga teacher, workshop facilitator, director of Aroha Nui Yoga,  māmā and nanny, currently residing in Te Awaroa/ Helensville, Auckland, the rohe of Ngāti Whatua o Kaipara, beside the Kaipara river.
I have been teaching yoga for more than twenty years, and am known for my intuitive approach, passion and teaching style that embodies physical, spiritual, and mental wellbeing.
I encourage students to practice yoga to maintain a healthy Mauri / Life force, Tinana / Body, Hinengaro/ Mind and Wairua / Spirit.
The teachings of yoga increase your resilience and give you tools to manage stress, and the ups and downs of life.
I lead you through classes that promote strength, nervous system resilience, keep the body supple, look after your joints, and end with most peoples favourite bit -  a guided deep relaxation, to let go of tension, relieve stress, and unlock your energy.
Leaving you feeling relaxed, grounded, and renewed. Mauri tau, mauri ora!



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