WELLINGTON – Before France take on New Zealand in the opening game of the Rugby World Cup the hosts will have to face the ferocious challenge laid down by the All Blacks in the haka.
“In a rugby game, if you want victory, you have to come and get it – it’s either you or us,” Dr Taku Parai, an elder from the Ngati Toa iwi Maori tribe, told AFP.
The haka is the fierce war dance which originated to prepare Maori warriors for battle and has since been adopted by New Zealand, who perform one of two versions of the haka before games.
Either Kapa O Pango, created for the All Blacks and first performed in 2srcsrc5, or the traditional Ka Mate, by far the best known.
Under New Zealand law, the Ngati Toa iwi, based in Porirua just outside Wellington, are recognised as the cultural guardians of the Ka Mate haka.
For New Zealand playmaker Beauden Barrett, the haka is an important part of his pre-match preparation. “It’s about us coming together and being united,” he told
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