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Do the Haka

by Michael on February 10, 2012

Normally we’re not much for folk dance performances. But when we were in New Zealand the All Blacks rugby team had just won the  World Cup. Part of their pre-game warm up is to perform the haka, an indigenous Maori dance. After the championship match the haka was everywhere, the words and steps were even available on t-shirts, a sure sign of reaching a peak in pop culture.

The dance is supposed to psyche out opponents. Tough to say if it works but they are the current world champions. We got to see the haka performed at the Auckland Museum. Note that unlike on the rugby pitch, the haka is performed by both men and women. You can decide if it strikes fear into your heart.

After the show the lead performer, Taniora Maihi, was kind enough to pose with Little Rocky and is pictured above. It was the first time on our trip that Little Rocky was maybe a bit nervous.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuiMVi4KPfQ[/youtube]

What they are saying in English is:

    It is death, it is death
    It is life, it is life
    This is the hairy man
    Who caused the sun to shine again for me
    Up the ladder, up the ladder
    Up to the top
    The sun shines.

Barbara February 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

I LOVE the haka! Whenever we get the All Blacks on TV, it is a real treat. I love them & the haka. Mr Maihi was so kind to pose with Rock!
Thank you for sharing this wonderful video.

Michael February 10, 2012 at 11:14 am

The haka does seem fun. I’m surprised the other teams didn’t come up with an effective response to it.

John Discepoli February 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

When I worked in NZ back in 1988, the All Blacks won the World Championship too. The group of us actually tried to learn the Haka. We were good for about 10 seconds of it though. What was amazing was the amount of rugby played in the towns on Saturday mornings. The Kiwi’s love their rugby.

Us February 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

The Kiwi fans were slightly upset that the only time they’ve won the championship was when they hosted it.

jerry February 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I remember seeing the dance in the 2009 movie Invictus, when the NZ rugby team was about to play South Africa in the World Championships hosted by South Africa. Despite the intimidating dance,
South Africa won. Which made for a better movie anyway!

Us February 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm

In New Zealand we kept seeing the Invictus DVD for sale in the post office. Even though they lost the match I guess their fans like watching them play.

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