New Zealand Dance

Well known as the New Zealand dance performed by the All Blacks before a rugby match, the Haka is a traditional dance performed by the Maori of New Zealand. The dance is performed in a group, with energetic movements, foot stamping and rhythmic shouting.

Hakas are typically performed by men, with any present females providing a supporting role of singing in the background. There are exceptions, as there are some Haka that are performed with a majority of women. The most well known female Haka is the Ka Panapana, performed by the Ngati Porou.

Historically, the Haka was performed by warriors before a battle as a way to show their strength and to intimidate their opponents. Today the Haka is used as an official welcome to high profile visitors to the country.