It’s a rugby game. You’re up againgst the world champions for many years New Zealand. You know you don’t stand a chance. Then you line up on the field, looking straight at the New Zealand team, the All Blacks. They are all bigger than you and all solid players. Then they start their haka. Their eyes are bulging showing the white of their eyes. They are poking out their tongues and displaying strong foreceful movements. As the other team you are trying to hold it together, knowing they are going to demolish you 60 points more or less and you have to hold it together for 80 minutes, and stay on the field without coming off paraplegic.
The haka is undoubtebly best known for it’s use before a rugby game, and New Zealand are very proud of their team and national sport. Every New Zealand father’s dream is that their son play for the All Blacks, the national rugby union team. And that one day means to show pride in the haka and know how to do it correctly, for your country.
The haka has become internationally famous from it’s use by the New Zealand rugby team, the All Blacks. Then their is the international respect for such a fearsome and professional team, doing a traditional dance, and every player feels the emotion right down to their hearts.
Originally, the haka started as traditional dancse from New Zealand which were performed by the native Polynesians of the island the Maoris. There are various forms of the dance, depending on what emotion you are trying to display. While many of the dances are war dances, there are some performed by women, at funerals to express respect for the deceased. The various types of dances are used to express courage, intimidation and also happiness by achieving a good result, and welcoming guests of honour and therefore can vary in form depending on the occassion.
The manawa wera haka is performed at funerals as a sign of respect to the deceased.