What Is The Haka Dance?

The dance was performed for victims of the Christchurch mosque attack — but what is the Haka?

03/19/2019 10:21 AM
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  • Salima I.
    03/19/2019 10:22

    May Allah gives them all highest place in jannah.

  • Joe C.
    03/19/2019 10:23

    New Zealanders are setting good example to the entire world

  • Azeem A.
    03/19/2019 10:23

    Hassam Ali Rana

  • Walid K.
    03/19/2019 10:24

    الله يشافيكم نشالله 😏

  • Shosho A.
    03/19/2019 10:24

    Thanks for support victims of the Christchurch mosque attack my Allah gives them all places in paradise

  • Marie J.
    03/19/2019 10:28

    So very touching video! 😢😢😢😢😢

  • Adrian B.
    03/19/2019 10:30

    nice little gay dance

  • Exclavo O.
    03/19/2019 10:32

    may god bless new Zealand ....the authority...n people

  • Lisa L.
    03/19/2019 10:35

    I love when traditional dances are kept alive ❤❤

  • Niamh R.
    03/19/2019 10:35

    Makes me really emotional to watch a Haka...they’re so passionate and amazing

  • Ron K.
    03/19/2019 10:57

    Just a note for my friends on the other side of the globe. The haka is not a war dance or a dance. In ancient times anywhere in the world when different tribes or groups of people came across each other they had a way of telling each other who they are, where they have come from, who their ancestors are etc. The haka is similar. The words, hand and feet movements represent who they are like their tribe and tribal land. Their region. Their history. Their ancestors who have been great warriors or great leaders or just their loved ones who have passed on recently or even their long lost ancestors. It represents themselves, their people and also their strengths. In those times it was not wise to show weakness. Although it was used in tribal wars as a show of strength, it is generally used in peace time when different tribes came together to talk through their differences and so each tribe expressed who they are and what they represent with a haka and waiata ( songs). It is also a challenge saying this is who we are through the words and actions. In other words we come in peace but this is who we are if you do not want to accept our olive branch. So in the following context the haka has different meanings. In a proposal it may say this is who I am, my family and my ancestors do you accept me? At a funeral the words and actions will represent the the person or people who has passed away and who represents them now and who they have left behind. In sports it represents our nation and our ancestors and our people. When the All Blacks ( our national rugby team ) do the haka the words and actions represents the multicultural make up of the team. The people of our land and our ancestors. It says that this is who we are and we challenge you to a sporting match. Do you accept our challenge? So the haka has different words and actions based on the context where it is required. Just makes me sad when it is referred to as a dance. In short it is a way of telling a story about who we are but to do it in a way that doesn't show weakness. I know that a lot of you will have some very nasty and insensitive replies to this even with the hurt and tough times that we are dealing with. But for those of you who wanted and were wondering what the haka is, it tells the story of us, our people, our ancestors, what we stand for and what our land means to us.

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  • Mamita C.
    03/19/2019 11:18

    #loverespect& support ❤️

  • Asdrúbal J.
    03/19/2019 11:34

    All they (Aborigenes) in New Zealand and Australia are sleeping with the enemy, also in Canada and EE.UU.😠

  • Natalia K.
    03/19/2019 11:37


  • Syeda A.
    03/19/2019 11:43

    Americans should learn from them. Most of them are full of hatred towards muslims. Thanks for the support of newsilanders. 🙏👍

  • Naz K.
    03/19/2019 11:48

    Thank you Newzeland for your great support 💟

  • Tahkeim W.
    03/19/2019 11:53

    Shout out to the Aboriginals who still get no respect and are treated poorly by the majority

  • Jayare D.
    03/19/2019 12:14

    Even the white boys get down with the Haka! Lol