Aaron Hapuku began to learn the art of taiaha in Ōtautahi, Christchurch under the style of Te Arawa (Mita Mohi), which is led in Te Waipounamu by Ahorei (Head Tutor) Te Mairiki Williams (Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, Ngāi Tahu).
While living in London a branch of Te Whare Tū Taua o Aotearoa - the International School of Māori Weaponry (Maramara Tōtara) was established by Kateia Burrows (Ngāti Porou). As a member of this roopū Hapuku was able to broaden his taiaha knowledge within the taiaha style belonging to Ngāti Kahungunu, which was established in the 1980s by Tā Pita Sharples.
In 2011 Te Whare Tū Taua o Waitaha, the local Christchurch branch was re-established with the support of He Waka Tapu He Oranga Pounamu.
Hapuku acknowledged the support of Ngai Tahu in recent years also, in keeping classes running and free to everyone.
“We are about celebrating being Maori and enjoying a healthy activity, which we can attach to our language and culture and instill proud in our tauira.”