Lady-Joe TangataTerekia


I was raised in the heart of my home on the East Coast of New Zealand where Tama-nui-te-rā the first place the sun awakens, Gizzy NZ. A hearty Ngāti Porou girl born into my culture and culture was absolutely me!

I was raised in a very strong whānau environment, my dad being one of 16 there were 12 girls. And I’m also one of 10. My aunties were a huge part of who I was and my major influences, they were very oleskool with very masculine energy, that at the time I admired and role modelled myself. Life wasn’t easy but dancing and fitness was freedom to me, I was in control and no one could take it away it was FREE and I could do it anywhere.

Fast forward to now its soooo buzzy that in my 40’s I never would have imagined I now run an impowering healing cultural Dance fitness program, inspiring wāhine all over the Motu and the Globe to engage in bringing our people together to dance, exercise and release giving back to ourselves filling our own kete (baskets). Here we are able to be healed thru Culture thru song thru dance and start gravitating more into our taha wāhine energy our feminine energy, all whilst having an amazing workout that not only is about movement, its connection, its sensual its where our bodies tells the story, maybe YOUR story.

And this is a platform where I’m able to teach Woman how to be the best version of themselves and look at life thru different lenses that in return she brings about Change to further nurture, heal and empower. We want to grow Champions within our Communities. With all my experiences under my belt I’ve now been able to produce programs so that others can do as I do. Yes its Fitness Yes its Dance and Yes its about us finding ourselves more along the way. Its Crazy and exciting!!!!

So here’s my Story I hope it gives you an insight to me

I left home at the tender age of 13 and my first introduction to Multiculture dancing and showcase was thru Uncle Tommy Taurima a Famous composer of Performing Arts, it broadened my passion of Pacific Performance. In my early 20’s here is where my passion Moreso for our Cook Island Culture was ignited inside of me, when I joined my Aunty Ake Johanson Roopu (group) called “Passions Delight” based in the Gold Coast. I tell you I was such a cabbage dancer, but I didn’t care I loved it, I digged it I wanted to learn more, I loved the way my body connected and moved and i felt it within my soul, it was me and it was my family and it became my world. Later an opportunity came to own Hulanesian where I have since built the business from scratch and created it all into what it is today. Its been lonely its been hard and I still had so much to learn. But I can say today I have created and achieved ALOT and I’m blessed, but OOh dam what a ride, It straight up has taken over my life.

During this time I’ve become more hungry to understand the mechanics of it. I wanted to be better and in return help others to be just the same, there were heaps of awesome dancers on the net but I wanted to know HOW DID YOU GET THOSE Dangerous Fast HIPS THERE, especially the Ura viviki (Fa’arapu) Tamure the washing machine how the heck do I get my hips that fast?? How do i help you get yours?? But everyone had the same answer, they either was born into it or just gave basic description that I found still didn’t really help me, so how could i help you? Luckily being as passionate as I am, I’ve put years months days and hours in sleeping eating and breathing Hulanesian, and finally I’ve done the yards for us Ladies and found some amazing gems to learn!!!

I’ve done a load of videos for you and I believe I’m thorough and clear for you to be able to learn from. And what’s soooooo exciting is I’ve never seen anyone NO NOT ANYONE do videos like I have on this type of platform, TIPS AND ISSUES to why or how we do certain movements to ensure we get it right. Heck I even break down problems to basic movements that normally would be seamless to someone else, I WANT TO HELP YOU, the way I wish someone had for me. And a good chunk of that is in our FUNDAMENTALS our foundation to HULANESIAN but also even if you are experienced I promise you there will be tips even in there I’m sure that you may also really appreciate or didn’t even know.

I would like to acknowledge the lord above for his guidance and support with my journey, my husband and children for their endless contributions and support and my team for all the support and works in the background who have helped pave the way for Hulanesian Fitness.

Join me in the Hulanesian Journey – Beautiful Hands and Dangerous Hips

Mauri Ora

Foundational Fundamentals

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“Our core Foundation Fundamentals serves as the Essence of our Hulanesian Culture. Drawing inspiration from my cultural heritage, you’ll notice echoes of the Cook Islands within them. Prior to delving into the art of dance, mastering these 14 components is imperative to kick-start your journey. Here, you will acquire the requisite knowledge and skills, instilling confidence and a solid understanding of execution and presentation.”

6 month access

Mareikura Beginners Course

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Designed for the busy woman at heart, she can pick from any workout and day that suits her whether she is just starting out or advanced in her Ura and free flowing movements.

Intermediate course

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Gems we wish we knew! fundamentals, elements and exam choreography and demonstrate with video evidence to our graduate panel of trainers. This process is done in your own time.



Advance Course

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Essence is Designed to learn the core movements in Hulanesian.

Essence is our most popular programme for first timers. You will achieve A sound base for basic movements as you learn to move with ease and have fun!