All Blacks want to protect the Haka from any cultural appropriation

All Blacks want to protect the Haka from any cultural appropriation

New Zealand authorities have included a clause intended to protect the warrior dance, Maori intellectual property, in their free trade agreement with the UK.

If New Zealanders We rarely joke when it comes to playing rugbyThey also seem to have protection of their cultural heritage at heart. local media 1 news He reveals that the Kiwis negotiated a stunning clause in the free trade agreement signed with the UK in early 2022. It aims to protect the Hakka.” Ka matte This warrior dance was invented by Te Rauparaha, chief of the Ngati Tua tribe, in the early 19th century, and popularized around the world by the All Blacks, who use it to impress their opponents in every international match.

The agreement would pioneer recognition of Māori intellectual property abroad, although the exact form it would take is not yet known. It aims in any way to prevent foreign companies from exploiting them for commercial purposes. New Zealanders have regularly cried out about cultural appropriation in recent years, particularly when former England player Matt Dawson promoted a parody of the haka. hackrina In preparation for the 2015 World Cup.

New Zealand already has its own legal system

The Haka is constantly being misused because people don’t have the context, they don’t understand the depth of the Haka and its importance to Ngati Tua, Kaho Robata, leader of the Ngati Toadit, told One News. The Hakka is about facing something bigger than you, and as a small tribe, this is essential for us. It’s our heritage.»

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In New Zealand, there is already a legal mechanism in place to protect the ka mati haka.”Haka ka mat attribution codewhich is attributed to the Ngati Toa tribe whenever the dance is used for commercial purposes. The agreement with the United Kingdom could look like this, even if doubts remain about the British will to honor it. “I suspect there will be no police rounds to arrest people, but it is important that organizations respect our intellectual property rights, particularly the haka.said Damien O’Connor, New Zealand’s Trade Minister. The battle has just begun.

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