As New Zealand continues mourning the deaths of 50 people gunned down by a white nationalist terrorist, dozens of boys from Christchurch Boys’ High performed a ceremonial haka dance to show support and unity with the Muslim community.
I’ve posted hakas on The Randy Report before here.
I always find the fierce commitment to the dance, and the spirit of those performing the haka, to be profoundly inspiring.
According to ABC News Australia, “Tears began to stream down the faces of some people watching as the boys performed the traditional dance.”
Oh yeah – the long haired hottie up right is Jason Mamoa, the Justice League‘s “Aquaman,” taking part in a haka with a group of other MMA fighters as a show of support for New Zealand mixed martial arts fighter and friend, Mark Hunt, in advance of his upcoming match.
The group war chant is incredibly powerful — Mamoa performed one for his Game of Thrones audition.
I’ve long admired the visceral, passionate war chants from New Zealand. You can see more here and here on The Randy Report.
I’ve previously written about the tradition of New Zealanders performing a “Haka” before athletic events.
A Haka is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge of the Māori people of New Zealand which the New Zealand national rugby union team, the All Blacks, and a number of other New Zealand national teams perform before their international matches.
Done well, a Haka is dramatic and powerful. And really kinda sexy. No one does this better than the New Zealand All Blacks.
Before the World Cup Finals yesterday, which saw the All Blacks triumphant over the Wallabies of Australia, the All Blacks chose to set the tone with a ‘Kapa O Panga’ Haka.
After the match, and securing the first back-to-back World Cups, the men of the All Blacks came back a traditional ‘Ka Mate’ Haka dedicated to their fans and to six departing team mates, facing their newly won trophy.
For more of my coverage of this sexy war cry, click here and here.