Entire Schools Performs Emotional Haka At Teacher’s Funeral


In an emotional tribute to a teacher who recently died, students at the Palmerston North Boys High School performed a stunning haka dance as the hearse arrived for the funeral. Mr. Tamatea, who taught Math and Physical Education, was a well-respected and much liked member of staff at the school and the haka was seen as fitting way to send him off.

The haka originated in New Zealand through the Máori people and has been used as a war cry as well as a traditional dance for important occasions such as funerals and to celebrate great achievements. It is probably best known through the New Zealand international rugby team who perform a haka before every match.