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HAKA – MĀORI WAR DANCES

The haka (plural haka, as in Māori, so in English) is a traditional war cry, dance, or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.

There are plenty of HAKA performances every year:

ALL BLACKS HAKA

The most well-known haka is Ka Mate, the ceremonial haka performed by the All Blacks. Ka Mate is thought to have been composed by Te Rauparaha, chief of the Ngati Toa tribe, in the early 1800s. The pre-match haka is a long-standing tradition of the All Blacks, dating back to 1884. The Ka Mate haka was first performed by the All Blacks in 1906 and was the predominant haka performed by the team for nearly a century. In 2005 the All Blacks introduced a new haka, Kapa o Pango, which was developed specifically for the team. The All Blacks now perform the two hakas interchangeably.

There are 3 main places where you can see Haka performances: