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In New Zealand, the Haka is a type of ceremonial Maori dance or challenge. The Maori people were the first people to live on the islands of New Zealand and some of their traditions are still followed today. Haka are usually performed in a group and typically represent a display of a tribe's pride, strength and unity. Actions include foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. Haka is a war dance, a greeting and a blessing.


Week 1

Watch 'THE BEST HAKA EVER' and see if you can copy some of the Haka moves. Notice the faces that the rugby players make. Can you copy them? The players are trying to scare the other rugby team. Can you pull some scary faces?


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Week 2

Watch 'Learn some Haka moves here!' and join in. Learn the moves. See if you can teach them to somebody else in your home or maybe even over a video call to a friend or family member.


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Week 3

Here are some more Haka moves for you to learn. Look at the unusual words they shout when they do each move. Have a go at reading them or making up your own unusual words to call out as you do each move.

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