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Today, haka are still used during Māori ceremonies and celebrations to honour guests and show the importance of the occasion. They are also used to challenge opponents on the sports field. You may have seen a haka performed by New Zealand’s All Blacks before a rugby match? You’ll probably agree that it’s a terrifying sight to behold!
If you would like to see a Māori haka performed live, book in a cultural show.
Learn to haka
Join Robin Brooke, All Black Lock from 1992 to 1999, as he introduces the stories and the meanings behind this ancient Māori dance.
Learn the words and actions of the haka and discover why this cultural icon is an important expression of New Zealand identity, both on and off the field.
Where to see the haka
Apart from going to watch the All Blacks play rugby, there are plenty of places where you can witness a live haka. Here are a few options, from north to south.
- Culture North, Waitangi Treaty Grounds