Passport and Plates - New Zealand War Dance

In 2011, the dance was often the basis for flash mobs promoting the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, prompting accusations of cultural appropriation from Maori leaders. Despite its global popularity, the haka's increasingly widespread performance has proved controversial, particularly with brands keen to capitalise on the All Blacks' commercial potential.
weblink was travelling here with Contiki’s Travel Project, creating a film centered around tracing the roots of haka – the Māori war dance that has since gained legendary status in association with the All Blacks, New Zealand’s national rugby team. Again, not wanting to be bettered by the All Blacks' haka Ka Mate, the Australian team performed an Indigenous song and dance during their England tour.
MsDora; I agree; the combination of dance combined with menace makes this such a special way of building the atmosphere before a tough rugby match. It gets everyone in the crowd in the mood for what is to come. And so good to see a modern nation embracing ancient culture in this way too. Suzie HQ; Well Suzie, what a delight to see you writing here again!

A Brief Introduction to the Haka

Often the other team will link arms and stand their ground in a show of defiant comradeship, but on occasion in recent years, they have taken their defiance a step further. Today the haka is performed with great passion and national pride.There is an air of expectancy after the national anthems have been sung and the time of the kick off draws near. The All Blacks come together and await the cue to perform.
  • Already the All Black reputation was becoming established, but the tour was also noted for the introduction of the haka for which the rugby team were to become best known, a version called 'Ka Mate'.
  • Te Ra and his summery wife gave birth to a son named Tanerore.
  • Ahead of the final of Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand, the French team formed an arrow as the All Blacks performed their pre-match tradition - the haka.
  • Notable examples included a local ad campaign for a baking competition, consisting of a mock Ka Mate performance by gingerbread men and an Italian advertisement for Fiat in 2006 that featured a feminine rendition of the male-exclusive war dance.



Lastly, ngeri was an expressive dance with no defined moves, meant to motivate and incite warriors to ‘draw some blood’. There are several haka varieties, performed by men and women alike which fulfill different purposes. Modern examples include the welcoming of distinguished guests, the acknowledgment of important achievements, or special occasions like birthdays, weddings and funerals. to see that such traditions are being kept alive and enjoyed by people today, even if the context is rather different to the original function of the dance. I hope all American football fans and players respect the performances in the same way that most in the game of rugby do. Cheers, Alun.

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The haka had to become more menacing and much more like the tribal dances of old, if it was to be a truly fitting challenge laid down by 15 tough men taking on 15 tough opponents. The Maori haka has been described as a 'posture dance' because it emphasises the whole body posture, hand and foot gestures and facial expressions. Stylised movements of the body, accompanied by cries and shouts, are common. The typical ingredients include the swaying of the body, chest thumping and violent stamping of the feet, the slapping of the hands against thighs or arms, and various grotesque facial contortions - most notably glaring eyes and the poking out of the tongue - often done in unison.
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