SEARCH: The New Zealand Haka

The New Zealand Haka by Michele Roger.

The Haka is a tradition kept alive by New Zealanders (Kiwis) the world over. The Haka is many things, a performance, telling a story through words and movement. Some keep history and mythology alive. Some keep modern ideas alive. A Haka is a way to welcome new people.

If you were to visit Te Pui in New Zealand, you would be welcomed in with a Haka. When my husband and I got married, a group of local and Canadian Kiwi men performed a Haka to celebrate and welcome our guests. It’s also a way to pay the highest honor and tribute to someone who has died.

If you’re a fan of rugby, you’ve probably seen a Haka. The New Zealand All Blacks prepare for each game by facing their opponents and performing one. Each movement is tied to a word or phrase…

Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.

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