The only Māori contingent to go to Gallipoli (and was subsequently re-formed as the Pioneer Battalion) to serve on the western front, where 336 men were killed. Here the battalion performs a haka for the visiting prime minister, William Massey (right), and his deputy Sir Joseph Ward. LEST WE FORGET.
For centuries, members of New Zealand’s Maori community have performed the traditional Haka dance for everything from intimidating combatants on the battlefield to welcoming guests at ballroom receptions. It’s incredibly powerful to witness and hear.
Dawson Tamatea taught at Palmerston North Boys’ High School in New Zealand for almost thirty years. One of the things he taught students was a haka.
Tamatea died unexpectedly July 19 at the age of 55. Students got together to do the haka that he taught them as a tribute when Tamatea’s hearse arrived for the funeral service. They were joined by former students. A lot of them. It was a fitting tribute to a much-loved teacher. - via Neatorama via reddit
A tradition was developed in Auckalnd University for Pakeha (white) Engineering students would get drunk and dress up in grass skirts and paint sexist and racist slogans on their body and parade around the city mocking the haka
in 1979 Maori and Pacific Island students voice their disapproval by sending a letter to the Engineering Students Association and wanting to meet to discuss the issue… ofc they ignore the letter
May 1st: 30 of the engineering students met with 21 activists of Maori and Pacific island decent of He Taua ‘a war party’ group with a plan to take the grass skirts off them… Ended up GIVING THE PAKEHA STUDENTS THE BASH lol - (translation) A fight broke out…. in the end the skirts were taken away and the tradition never continued again
there were few trials for both sides because of the fight… but made a difference
“My people, the Maori, arrived by canoe in the islands of Aotearoa, or New Zealand, just 1,200 years ago. Dance is part of our everyday life. It’s our way of carrying our culture into the future."
The Haka (plural is the same as singular: haka) is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori people ofNew Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment. The New Zealand rugby team’s practice of performing a haka before their matches has made the dance more widely known around the world.