Hide on Haka

It appears Sir Pita Sharples’ sensibilities are somewhat hurt, but few see it his way

Sir Pita should appreciate that one of the joys of living in a free and open society is the right to make fun of other people’s ideas and beliefs.

Christians are long inured to it. They know it’s part and parcel of religious freedom. You can think what you like but I can make fun of it. That’s the deal. It’s called free speech.

I am all for politeness and respect but not at the expense of shutting others down.

Sir Pita doesn’t share that view.

“The haka is very meaningful to us,” he said. “To actually mimic it and deliberately bring it into ridicule is, to me, insulting.”

I’m sorry Sir Pita feels insulted but so what? It’s lighthearted fun. The juxtaposition of haka and Spanish dance by hard rugby men is amusing.

That the dance insults Sir Pita is his problem. No one has the right not to be insulted or offended. Such a right would put an impossible obligation on the rest of us. The Brits can do any dance they like. There’s no need for them to check their choreography with Sir Pita.

No. ?Not at all. ?And by whining about it, he’s given the Brits what they wanted – the knowledge that they were successful at rattling the New Zealand cage. ? Not only that, what did Pita actually achieve for his cause? ? Read more »

Too much haka?

New Zealand’s pre-match haka may be one of sports most famous rituals and often claimed to intimidate opposing sides, but now its benefits to the All Blacks are being questioned.

Their reputation for being slow starters from the kick off has led to suggestions they are emotionally drained from performing the iconic haka, a traditional war dance once performed by the indigenous Maori before battle.

Lock Brodie Retallick’s dropping of the kick-off when the All Blacks lost the Rugby Championship decider to Australia recently typified the bumbling start that has become synonymous with the All Blacks.

Coach Steve Hansen had previously questioned whether “we are over-aroused or under-aroused,” as he sought ways to keep the All Blacks fired up from the time they left the dressing room until the opening whistle.

In theory the intense emotion channelled into the haka should have a powerful influence on the All Blacks and give them an edge as their opponents wait patiently for the theatrics to end.

But when they get outplayed in the opening quarter the question is raised whether the haka had removed them from the game strategies they focussed on minutes earlier.

Just how often does this happen exactly? ?Is it a real problem?
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Haka bar offensive? How so?


Former All Black Byron Kelleher has been slammed for cultural insensitivity over the launch of his new pub Haka Corner.

The 57-test star is preparing to open the sports bar in his home city of Toulouse, and there are also plans to extend to other French cities.

But Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and his predecessor Sir Pita Sharples have criticised its linking of the traditional Maori war cry with a booze outlet. Read more »

London Waitangi Pub Crawl team ready to go


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Poms whinging again about Haka

Every time the All Blacks go to the UK the Pommy media proves what every Kiwi knows about bloody Poms, they are whingers.

They are once again moaning about the haka.

Ahead of the All Blacks v England match at Twickenham this weekend, the chief sport writer at Britain’s Daily Telegraph, Oliver Brown, has attacked the Kiwi side’s use of the haka. Far from being a vibrant display of power, it is, he writes, “hidebound by political correctness, such is the terror at executive level of offending the world’s No 1 side”. Brown has form: he caused upset last yearwhen he revealed the motivational mantra on the All Blacks’ team-room wall ahead of an All Blacks-England clash. The Herald reposts his piece on the haka in full below.? Read more »

Willie Jackson on Rihanna’s disrespect

Willie Jackson comments on two stars and their differing respect or lack of it of Maori culture.

Pop princess Rihanna needs to have a good look at herself after?covering up her traditional Maori moko?just weeks after she got it.

To me that says more about the American singer?s immaturity than the actual tattoo and the pain process she went through.

The already tattooed entertainer starred on YouTube when she was inked the old school way using a mallet and chisel.

That method is used around the Pacific and is extremely painful so I’m told.

You have to give her credit for going through that but now that she’s seen fit to cover it up, I can only wonder why she got it done in the first place? ? Read more »

The Beyonce Haka, can’t wait for the outrage

I’m sure some moaning Maori will be outraged that a woman daring to respond to the Haka…but here is it is anyway.

Scum hide under the Maori cloak of sanctimony

The NZ Herald reports:

?Two French tourists camping overnight in the Waikato were violently attacked after they were accused of not paying “rent” to their attackers.

The couple – who had parked their camper van on a rural road near Raglan – were woken in the middle of the night by a man doing a haka.

Five intoxicated males then accused the French couple of staying on private land and demanded payment.

After that, it turned ugly.

“The French male has then been punched and an attempt was made to drag him out of the vehicle before the couple had a variety of items taken from them and their attackers drove off. Though not resulting in serious injury, this is type of attack is concerning given the time it happened and the sense of isolation the victims would have felt.”

Looking forward to Hone Harewira’s justification for this? ?Come on Hone, you know you want to. ?This one’s sitting up and begging for you to explain how it was the French tourists that provoked this situation, and the brave warriors were within their rights under?te tino?rangatiratanga. ?


Greenpeace supports Gangnam Style Haka

This must be an effort to?piss off Shane Jones?even more than they?ve done with their attack on Sealord.

Their Sinn Fein Green Party mouthpiece Little boy Gareth Hughes clearly welcomes a Gangnam styled haka should his?Member?s Bill?get the go-ahead.

Remember Hughes says ?parody and satire play an important role in making light of an issue members of the public may feel strongly about?.

I can just see the All Blacks and Iwi around the country just tickled pink when the see the Haka being mocked.

But that?s all right to Little boy Gareth Hughes and his Greenpeace backers.

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