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THE HAKA!!
The haka is a traditional Maori dance that has been performed by New Zealands national rugby team prior to international matches since 1888.



The Ka Mate haka has been the most widely performed by the All Blacks over the years but in 2005 at a Tri Nations match against South Africa, a new haka, Kapa o Pango was introduced. It featured a throat-slitting action which has since been modified after some complaints from the public.

The Kapa o Pongo haka is used in addition to the Ka Mate haka especially on special occasions. The words are more specific to the rugby team referring to warriors in black and the silver fern.

The Words of Ka Mate:
Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora! I die! I die! I live! I live!
Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora! I die! I die! I live! I live!
Tenei te tangata puhuru huru This is the hairy man
Nana nei i tiki mai Who fetched the Sun
Whakawhiti te ra And caused it to shine again
A upa ... ne! ka upa ... ne! One upward step! Another upward step!
A upane kaupane whiti te ra! An upward step, another.. the Sun shines!!
Hi !!!  


The Words of Kapa O Pango:
Kapa O Pango kia whakawhenua au i ahau! All Blacks, let me become one with the land
Hi aue ii!  
Ko Aotearoa e ngunguru nei! This is our land that rumbles
Au, au, aue ha! It's my time! It's my moment!
Ko Kapa O Pango e ngunguru nei! This defines us as the All Blacks
Au, au, aue ha! It's my time! It's my moment!
I ahaha!  
Ka tu te ihiihi Our dominance
Ka tu te wanawana Our supremacy will triumph
Ki runga ki te rangi e tu iho nei, tu iho nei ihi! And will be properly revered, placed on high
Ponga ra! Silver fern!
Kapa O Pango, aue hi! All Blacks!
Ponga ra! Silver fern!
Kapa O Pango, aue hi! All Blacks!


For more information about the Haka and video footage, see Tourism New Zealands Haka Feature. (requires Flash 6 Player)


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