“Immediately stop using Taonga (our cultural treasure)” – “Nagati Tua condemns the use of the Hakka ‘Ka Mate’ to promote messages against vaccination against COVID-19,” the Wellington-based tribe said in a statement. “We insist that the protesters immediately stop using Taonga (our cultural treasure).”
Laka “Ka Mate” – Maori haka comes in many forms, but the “Ka Mate”, which has been performed by the All Blacks before rugby matches for over a century, is by far the most famous. The ritual of stamping your feet and rolling your eyes is firmly rooted in New Zealand culture and is often used at important social events such as weddings or funerals. Parliament passed a law in 2014 recognizing Ngati Toa as the keeper of the haka, although the legislation does not provide penalties for abuse.
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