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What does haka mean?

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  1. A group dance of New Zealand's Maori people featuring rhythmic chanting, vigorous facial and arm movements, and foot stamping. Traditionally a war dance, today it is also performed to welcome guests, as a mark of respect at occasions such as commemorations and funerals, as a challenge to opposing teams at sports events, and for artistic purposes.
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Sport, show business and ethnic culture seamlessly blend in New Zealand's favourite sport, rugby, with the haka preceding every test match.
In the wharenui the group has been introduced to the haka, the long pois and short sticks and has had an opportunity to try them all.
The unique combination of the highland dancers and award winning kapa haka will thrill our live audiences.
The group is essentially a kapa haka or performing-arts group associated with a marae in Wellington.
It's going to be their music, lots of hip-hop, rap in it, lots of funky street stuff, lots of kapa haka, lots of contemporary dance.
Our hotel, like several in Rotorua, has an evening hangi feast, complete with Maori dances and a thundering, in-your-face haka.

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