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Stop using our haka in your protests, Māori tribe tells anti-vaxxers

The traditional performance made famous by the All Blacks has been taken up by those opposed to vaccine mandates

Praveen Menon

A Māori tribe that says New Zealand’s famous haka is its heritage on Monday told anti-vaccine protesters to stop using the traditional performance to promote their message.

Vaccine protesters have performed the Ka Mate, a Māori haka composed in about 1820 by Te Rauparaha, war leader of the Ngāti Toa tribe, at their rallies over the past few weeks against vaccine mandates and pandemic restrictions.

“We do not support their position and we do not want our tupuna or our iwi associated with their messages,” the Ngati Toa tribe, or “iwi” in Māori, said in a statement, referring to the tribe’s ancestry or “tupuna”...

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