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Join the Giant Haka this weekend

Monday, June 12, 2017

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This Saturday the International Rugby Club hopes to beat the current Guinness World Record for the largest haka as part of its Rugby Safari following the DHL NZ Lions Tour 2017.

Led by Rotorua Boys’ High School students and national kapa haka champions, more than 6200 people will perform the famous Ngāti Toa Rangatira haka, Ka Mate, at Rotorua’s Village Green at midday.

The International Rugby Club’s co-founder Tony Molloy says that there is no better place than Rotorua to reclaim the record for the world’s largest haka.

"We were inspired by the fact the record was (and still officially is) held by the French! It needed to be reclaimed by New Zealand and what better place than Rotorua?

"Staging it before the Rotorua game where the Māori All Blacks will face off against The British and Irish Lions just couldn’t be a better setting."

To help residents and visitors get to the event, Bay of Plenty Regional Council have offered to make all City Rides bus services free that day.

For more information about the Giant Haka, visit the Giant Haka’s Facebook page.

Haka Instructional Video from Big Fish Creative on Vimeo.

About Ka Mate

In Te Reo Māori, ‘haka’ is the generic term for a war dance. Traditionally used on the battlefield, haka are a display of a tribe’s mana (pride) and strength.

Ka Mate, the haka that will be performed for the record attempt, is internationally recognised as the iconic challenge performed by the All Blacks before games.

It was composed in the 17th century by Ngāti Toa Rangatira chief Te Rauparaha, descendent of Hoturoa, captain of the Tainui canoe.

A well-known story within the oral histories of Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Ngāti Tuwharetoa, the two iwi (tribes) most associated with the haka’s origins, Ka Mate helped Te Rauparaha escape the advances of a war party from Ngāti Te Aho.

The words “Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora” translate to ‘Will I die!, Will I live!”, the famous words spelling out the challenge Te Rauparaha faced.

Ka Mate
Ka mate! Ka mate!
Ka ora! Ka ora!
Ka mate! Ka mate!
Ka ora! Ka ora!
Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru
Nāna nei i tiki mai
Whakawhiti te rā
Upane! ka Upane!
Upane! ka Upane!
Whiti te rā!
Hī !!! Will I die! Will I die!
Will I live! Will I live!
Will I die! Will I die!
Will I live! Will I live!
This is the hirsute man
Who fetched the Sun
And caused it to shine again
One upward step! Another upward step!
Further upward! And advance!
Into the sunlight!
Hī !!!

Ka Mate
Ka mate! Ka mate!
Ka ora! Ka ora!
Ka mate! Ka mate!
Ka ora! Ka ora!
Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru
Nāna nei i tiki mai
Whakawhiti te rā
Upane! ka Upane!
Upane! ka Upane!
Whiti te rā!
Hī !!! Will I die! Will I die!
Will I live! Will I live!
Will I die! Will I die!
Will I live! Will I live!
This is the hirsute man
Who fetched the Sun
And caused it to shine again
One upward step! Another upward step!
Further upward! And advance!
Into the sunlight!
Hī !!!

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