haka    "Ka mate"

Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora!
I die!, I die!, I live!, I live!
Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora!
I die! I die! I live! I live!
Tenei te tangata puhuru huru
This is the brave man
Nana nei i tiki mai
Who has fetched the sun
Whakawhiti te ra
And caused it to shine again
A! Ka!
One last step up Then step forth
A upane kaupane whiti te ra!
Into the sun!
The sun that shines!
In 1969, when the New Zealand rugby team won the Bledisloe Cup competition, a group of fans went out on the streets, stopped the traffic and danced Haka in the middle of the road. That happening was repeated in the media and when All Blacks won the next competition, they danced Haka as a tribute to their fans. In 1905, New Zealand’s rugby team went on a tour around Europe. They wore all black, that is why they are known as “All Black”. It was that team that started dancing Haka, a war dance from the Maori culture, before the games. This practice was disappearing until this fan club stopped the traffic and danced Haka.
Haka became so successful that other islands in the Pacific Ocean recovered the dance. There were some new ones created too. “All Blacks” created a new Haka in 2005 called Haka Kapa or Pango. We don’t like it as much as we did like the previous one. It is obvious in the new Haka that it has been created with sports purposes only. It looks like any other stupid football hymn. We prefer the first one, composed by the chief-warrior Te Rauparaha around 1820: Haka Ka Mate.