Amidst the cheers and signs, the Air New Zealand ground crew performed a traditional Maori Haka dance to welcome the team back home.
The haka is a type of ancient M?ori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, as well as when groups came together in peace. Haka are a fierce display of a tribe’s pride, strength and unity. Actions include violent foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. The words of a haka often poetically describe ancestors and events in the tribe’s history.
Today, haka are still used during M?ori ceremonies and celebrations to honour guests and show the importance of the occasion. They are also used to challenge opponents on the sports field. You may have seen a haka performed by New Zealand’s All Blacks before a rugby match? You’ll probably agree that it’s a terrifying sight to behold!
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