New Zealand All Blacks and the Haka  
         
    Ka mate, Ka mate! Ka ora, Ka ora!
Ka mate, Ka mate! Ka ora, Ka ora!
Tenei te tangata puhuruhuru
Nana i tiki mai whakawhiti te ra!
A hupane, kaupane
A hupane, kaupane whiti te ra!
Hi!
 
         
 

The Haka has been a distinctive feature of the New Zealand All Blacks. Since the original "All Black" team of "New Zealand Natives" led by Joseph Warbrick, the haka has been associated with the New Zealand All Blacks, who perform it before their matches.

According to Maori ethos, Tama-nui-to-ra, the Sun God, had two wives, Hine-raumati, the Summer maid, and Hine takurua, the Winter maid. The child born to him and Hine-raumati was Tane-rore, who is credited with the origin of the dance. Tane-rore is the trembling of the air as seen on the hot days of summer, and represented by the quivering of the hands in the dance.

   
         
 

Haka is the generic name for all Maori dance. Today, haka is defined as that part of the Maori dance repertoire where the men are to the fore with the women lending vocal support in the rear. Most haka seen today are haka taparahi, haka without weapons.

More than any aspect of Maori culture, this complex dance is an expression of the passion, vigour and identity of the race. Haka is not merely a past time of the Maori but was also a custom of high social importance in the welcoming and entertainment of visitors. Tribal reputation rose and fell on their ability to perform the haka (Hamana Mahuika).Its mystique has evolved along with the fierce determination, commitment and high level skill which has been the hallmark of New Zealand's National game.  
         
 
Gingerbread Haka Gingerbread Haka

The video was developed, by Kangoo Animation of Auckland, for the Baking Industry of New Zealand to issue a challenge to bakeries across the country to enter the New Zealand Bakery of the Year competition.

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