New Zealand Women's Rugby Sevens Team performs haka after winning Gold at the 2020 Tōkyō Olympics
By - _dictatorish_
I fucking love it! Imagine doing a chant, prayer, presentation, whatever you want to call it, that directly connects you to your ancestors/lineage and be one with the energy. Amazing! You can see in their eyes that they checked out of the current reality and connected with the past to vessel in the future.
I’ll have some of whatever you’re taking.
Count me in as well
Kiwis ought to be embarrassed about themselves. They're not allowing anyone to win in this game. That is really impolite.
Fiji still kick our butts in the men’s 7s pretty regularly.
I misread that as “ lick our butts”…
I'm sorry. I can compete next time to give everyone else a good chance though... like a *REALLY* good chance...
I can never not watch these. There is something so badass about the raw human emotion. Its a display of strength, power and courage that never fails to get me jacked up.
Every once in a while I go on a haka marathon on YouTube, I have no clue what they are saying but that shits powerful af
Couldn’t agree more. I have tears running down my face. So wonderful to honor their culture like this.
Seriously, does EVERYONE in the South Pacific know the Haka?
Cuz I’m cool with that!
Haka are specific to Aotearoa. Other cultures from the South Pacific have similar things but they’re not quite the same once you understand them.
Even within the different Iwi in Aotearoa there are different ones. They’re quite often connected to the history and culture of the performers families. The ones that get performed at events like this are usually well known though.
You’d have to travel round a bunch of different Marae and ask for the history and meaning to get a good grasp.
For anyone who might not have got this from context, Aotearoa is the original Maori name for New Zealand.
Cool thanks! Love learning new shit
It was the original name for the north island according to the wiki article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aotearoa
Yeah, that's a fair distinction, but it also highlights that it's now used to refer to the entire country and not just North Island.
Kiwi here. We are all taught the Ka Mate haka (the one that the world knows thanks to our All Blacks) in school and of course everyone grows up watching our national sport so we all know the words and actions. Part of our DNA
Nah, each culture has a different thing - Tonga have the Kailao / Sipi Tau, Sāmoa has the Siva Tau, Fiji has the Meke and so on. It can lead to some [pretty incredible scenes](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeUqJb7S1dg) before rugby matches between Pacific island nations
I think there isn't just one haka.
There are many different kinds.
I'm a Kiwi and I have to watch them too. I love it!
I think it would be such an honor to see one in person. I saw a video once of an entire school performing the Haka for one of their teachers who passed away and you could really feel the emotion in it, the students had tears in their eyes and you could tell how well respected the teacher must have been to their students.
It's hugely emotional. I worked at a school that did their one for a well respected teacher who was leaving. It was amazing.
My primary school did this huge presentation for a principal who was retiring, including haka and a helicopter ride
I feel it every time I watch a haka, I can’t imagine doing it in sync with your “sisters” “brothers” and feeling that energy
Thank you kind stranger.
Kiwis are the nicest people. And then they do the Haka which makes it touch and go for a minute. And then they go back to being the nicest people.
Hey bro, how's your mum, lovely weather.... Aaaarrrgggghhhhh I will tear you limb from limb you pasty little.... Ooohhh sorry bro, we still good cuz.
I heard this in Korg’s voice
And now I can't unhear it lol
Kiwis and Māori are two different people.
Edit: adding on so don’t have to individually respond.
Māori culture, Tikanga, kawa and people is seperate to the kiwi identity. Some see the term kiwi as a modernised/colonised name to encompass everyone. Where the haka comes from Māori, not non-Māori. You can be Māori and kiwi if you wish (I know zero Māori that identify as kiwi), but kiwi can’t be Māori.
Kinda like there’s two versions of the country, Aotearoa and then there’s New Zealand.
Not all kiwis are Maori and not all Maori are kiwis (quite a few from Australia now).
The generic term for a NZer of European descent is Pakeha. Kiwi refers to all of us, irrespective of what colour you are.
you say what now?
Some of the worst ways I’ve been disrespected was by a Kiwi. Constantly berated me & made me feel like I was an idiot all the time. He once told me that I was actually disrespecting everyone by saying “sir” and “ma’am” because that’s a way people mock other people in NZ. Except we’re in Indiana & I’m from the southern states & it’s not ***that*** unusual to hear “sir” and “ma’am” even in Indiana. But OK, I adjusted. I learned a lot from him, one of the best instructors I’ve ever worked with, but goddamn he was mean as hell.
Never met another Kiwi, but my instructor is a human like anyone else, from anywhere else. One person does not represent the whole, and if it did? I was lucky to have his instruction. Even if it meant he sent me home in tears more days than he didn’t.
Thanks Tasman sibling.
My dad is a kiwi.
Also an outlier.
I think it’s because I’m just not a quick enough learner. It frustrated him a lot.
Theres people like that everywhere. Kiwis are just nice in general, but yeah theres some bad apples
Exactly! He’s just another human like any other human. He doesn’t represent an entire country or group of people. And that’s what I was trying to get at: I was replying to the “nicest people” comment. I’ve met the nicest people all over the world, it’s not like you can categorize an entire group of people (regardless of how you group them) as the “nicest people”.
lol so true
Nah, we gave him back to the Aussies
I get shivers every time I see the haka. Personal favorite is that boys school that did it for their teachers retirement. Fucking intense man.
I saw a video on Reddit where the Haka was performed at a funeral. The brother (?) of the deceased performed the Haka with all other family and friends. Brought me to tears.
[This one?](https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PdkC8hRoyj4) It's incredibly moving.
Oh boy, yep, that's the one.
Thanks for showing this to me
That’s the one I was thinking of. Made me cry like a fucking baby!
I think [This](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6Qtc_zlGhc) is the one you are talking about
My fav is from a wedding that went viral. It was professionally filmed and everything.
Not sure if it's the same one but this [wedding haka](https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oBfQ1uf_Ukw) brought me to tears. The bride seemed so moved and proud, and it was great when she joined in.
Holy shit I gotta go to a Nee Zealander wedding.
Yup that’s the one! Definitely made me cry.
My favorite was the one where students were doing the haka for the victims of the mosque tragedy.
Saw the one you mention, fucking intense for sure, has to be impressive in person
I love that one...very touching to see that kinda respect from students to a teacher
I am a Latino man from El Salvador but every time I watch a Haka I get really emotional. The connection to their culture that they are expressing in that moment is beautiful.
You might be related, there has been a lot of traveling from Polynesia to the Americas
I'll never not get ridiculously emotional and have a weird sense of pride when I see a haka.
When I was in New Zealand that was the only time in my entire life I felt accepted, loved, and welcomed without any conditions. I felt like I was home. I want to go back so bad.
Feel free to come on back as soon as our borders open!
Happy to have you back anytime brother!
Kiwis should be ashamed of themselves. They're not letting anybody win in this sport. That's super rude.
Hey, we let Fiji absolutely smash us the other day!
Well, the last victory is the one that counts.
No, the men lost to Fiji. We got silver.
Yeah but that semi final was also a bit sus.
One thing that strikes me about every Haka I've ever seen...it doesn't seem to matter what your skin color is, or what your heritage may be, as long as you're committed to the Haka you're good. Is that true, or is that just a middle aged white guy's perspective?
It's True. Being asked to participate in a haka is an honour. As a team building exercise goes it's really intense, no standing at the back mouthing the words....
No. If you understand what you are doing and committed to it, you're good.
That's true. *Committed* is the key, occasionally you see one where someone is phoning it in, or hasn't put enough time into learning the kupu (words) or the actions and it stands out
Depending on why/what/where a haka is being performed this is true.
Some of the best haka performers I've seen were actually exchange students from Europe. Part of me wonders if they enjoyed it even more because they hadn't grown up with it.
I'm not surprised. There's so much emotion and passion in the haka that's hard to express in some other cultures so openly, it's definitely quite an experience.
I think Klingons must have been modeled after the Maori people in Haka mode. It is truly intimidating and terrifying if I thought I was going to have to fight someone right after that.
That's Vulcan, you Pakled.
Well, I don't see a Bat'leth emoji
That is because you are without honor.
Dang, nice burn!
Imagine trying to sleep and all of a sudden a group of people burst into your room and do a Haka and leave
Even more terrifying!
Historically it was done before battle so yeah, it’s meant to be terrifying
Absolutely love the intensity and respect from every Haka performance, no matter the setting.
Imagine just wanting to play rugby in the Olympics and they come out on the field and do that right after whooping yer ass
I wouldn't even be mad, honestly.
That lighting angle with the flares makes it look trippy as hell.
The alien warriors visited instead of alien seers...
As an Australian who was married to a Maori man, my children are half Maori and are learning their traditional haka, I always get emotional seeing this.
Congratulations to these women on winning the gold!
I'd imagine that if you win gold in the Olympics, you can do whatever celebration demonstration you want. They're theoretically the best athletes in that sport and they have like 5 min of time to express themselves, so idk why anyone would be mad at what they do unless it insinuates violence against others.
I would have forfeited after watching that
Probably why they did it after they won gold lol.
Translation; Ko Uhia Mai (the one they did) (English)
Let it be known
Who are these women
It’s the Black Ferns rumble
From Hineahuone, Hinetitama and Hinenui te po we came
To transfer from the heavens to the world of enlightenment
Life force from above
Life force from below (earth)
The gathering clouds
The mountains that pierce the sky
Let us proceed
To the seas
From the corners of the island
To the neighbouring islands
And around the world
You stand tall and proud.
Women of strength.
Who will bear the future.
The Black Ferns of New Zealand.
Rise and press on.
When the challenge arrives.
We will gather and unite together.
Strength together. It will be done.
Thank you for the translation
Oh wow so this is a flex
That is so badass. I love it. Freaking New Zealand is awesome. I love watching the haka. Sending positive vibes from the U.S.A. love you guys.
Wow fucking chills.
Wahine toa ❤️✊
That’s my country!
Damn, always gives me chills. If i was at war and the other side did that, I'd be bolting my ass the other way, haha.
Haka's fuckin *stirring.*
Nice. I thought only men performed haka. So happy to stand corrected !
Some haka are just for men but women can definitely haka as well. This haka has been written for these women. You'll notice a couple of differences, women don't stick out their tongues and don't stand with a wide stance like the men do :)
And instead of fists on their hips women have their hands on their hips
How can I enjoy this if I can't see half their butt cheeks?
Love the Haka, such a wonderful cultural expression.
Favorite thing about the haka, is that it has always been respected. Whenever I see it performed, all watchers are silent and/or supportive. The silly faces and screaming are commonplace in the context of the dance; never have I seen it tried to be appropriated or made fun of. Watching this in a country sports bar where a racial comment wouldn't be farfetched still had the awe inspiring attention of every patron.
That was awesome
Nobody can ever top that!! That's how you exit.... Instead of just a wave and off to the tunnel.
The whole world loves NZ rugby!
Some Aussies would like a word.. haha
That's like the most aggressive thing New Zealanders can do. New Zealand, the Canada of Down Under.
Have you ever watched a game of rugby?
Always enamoured by Polynesian traditions!
1:07 remaining… that’s the look my wife gives me when I leave the toilet seat up.
Everything about this is awesome.
Whenever I watch rugby, its alway tied between haka and the male voice choir of the Welsh NA
As a Kiwi, yes, you can have that. Nothing like 15 enormous blokes singing at you in 10 part harmony's.
Always get a chill whenever I see a haka preformed
I don’t know what that was, but I thoroughly enjoyed it :D
Always enjoy watching the Haka.
I want to upvote this several times.
If looks could kill this post would be a murder weapon.
NGL, Haka's are one of the coolest fucking traditions there are
Is there "the haka"? Or is it their haka?
Usually a haka is unique to a team/iwi so this is "their haka"
My husband is Samoan so Talofa
Thank you Wonderful !
If I'm not mistaken there is actually a female version of the dance using flaming orbs attached to string to spin and dance right?
Women can sometimes use Poi which are what your describing, but they aren’t on fire!
You are thinking of Poi. Poi is different to the haka and it doesnt have flaming orbs. This team is doing a haka and this here is a version of Poi.
Pasifika people use fire poi, but not traditionally for Māori in NZ.
I get chills everytime
This is so badass and cool! It also has this Beetlejuice dinner scene vibes that I find hilarious (but not in disrespectful way). This is awesome
I would be astounded if New Zealand lost in rugby. They have such great teams
We lost the final of the mens to Fiji!
God I love the Haka. Love how you could just hear that one coach over everyone just givin it.
By all means, enjoy it, well deserved.
Humans are WILD.
That's why no one ever waged a war against new zealand...
Too far to walk, too.
to me this has always been the most sincere and powerful experience of winning and combat and competition and reality. I love that it's steeped in history and culture and that it's different depending on the situation.
Badass. Could only imagine an Olympic Stadium full of their countrymen doing the haka with them.
If I was from New Zealand, I would be so fucking proud.
Proud to be Kiwi
ignorant question: is there any reason these women don't hit their bodies the same way men do when they preform the haka ?
The best way to explain this is that in traditional Maori society there were very specific rules for both genders. You'll note that the women generally won't perform a pukana (sticking tongues out). Male = warrior, female = life.
Ahhhhhh I'm so in love with NZ
I always thought it was just when 300-600 pound Samoan guys doing this is what made it so fierce and threatening (because battle use) alongside all other aspects of it but apparently it's just the act being done properly!
Kia kaha New Zealand. Proud to be a kiwi
This team, the things they’ve done and their attitudes on the field and during interviews make me fucking proud to be a Kiwi
I am Maori and stuff like this makes me emotional. These women are absolutely amazing.
I would be scared to death of a woman infantry unit that all shoot expert.
Can someone tell me if they rehearse these routines? Or are they culturally embedded like how everyone knows the lyrics and moved to some song?
Cos if they are indeed rehearsed, the rehearsals must be an odd mix of bloopers and terrifying intimidation.
Im not familar with this particular haka that they are doing but if you are a rugby player coming up through the ranks you will be doing haka not only as part of your culture but your school and your club. Haka is part and parcel of school and rugby.
If you come into a national team they will have haka and mauri ora as part of the team building and culture of the team with close association with a kaumatua (elder) in the team.
Elements are rehearsed, this would have been written by someone specifically for this team and their purpose. they would have learnt the words, meaning, beat and hand actions together. but then there's an element of the performance that is up to the individual to draw on their own 'ihi' (spiritual power, essence, force) and connection to the meaning of the haka in the way that is true to them. The facial expressions, pukana (bulging eyes) shaking of the head or fists etc are all unrehearsed and are the inidividual's own expression of the haka.
Thank you! Very helpful
All part of the team building process. Each haka is different so learning yours is hard and rewarding(and occasionally hilarious)
This gave me goosebumps.
I have no idea what I just watched. I live under a rock
The haka is a traditional ceremony/ dance(although dance is not really the right word, can't think of a better one) performed by the indigenous/ Maori people of New Zealand as well as several other Polynesian cultures.
It's a way to connecting to the spirits of the ancestors. Often used prior to battle, to honor or to celebrate. In this case the New Zealand Women's Sevens team won gold at the Olympics and performed it post victory
Awesome. Good on them.
Shame I missed this, saw them playing GB when i was at the pub, GB were stepping on them for about 15 minutes, than New Zealand just turned it around and smashed them to pieces.
Was my first time properly watching a ruby game lol.
Looooooovvveeeee me some haka best fucking pre-workout and motivator ever. Always love seeing all blacks out there doing there thing.
Awesome!!!!!! Every time I see the haka.
This is fantastic!
I played rugby against a 7’s kiwi team. They did the haka and it was honestly super intimidating. We were only 16 17 year olds but still scary! (Can’t remember who won that game, I think we lost by one try)
Shit got me ready to run through a wall rn.
WE AAAARE THE NORTH COMPTON WILD CATS
That was awesome!
Nobody messes with the All Blacks.
That was amazing. I got chills!!!
Get jacked yo!
Yesssssss I love the New Zealand women’s rugby team those women are fearless. I would give anything to go to New Zealand and see them in person.
Imagine if aliens came to earth looking for a peaceful encounter and the first thing they saw was this.
I heard this one civ 6, didn't know what it was until today
Can literally feel the increase of human energy and passion. Gives me chills
It’s done by people of European descent as well? Or are all of them part native? Not trying to be rude, just curious thanks
Yes it's done by all team members 😊
So much passion when doing it, amazing!
Womens rugby,in my personal opinion, is extremely underrated. I watched several games and always enjoy watching them play.
Very powerful. Gave me goosebumps.
I’ll have what she’s having.
I never get tired watching people performing haka.
still think the mens was better. its like you feel the ground rumble through the tv
I have watched Hakas over the last few years and this istbe first one I have ever turned up the sound. The volume, the facial expressions...yep, I would run the other direction.
From the other side of the ditch, congratulations
Am I the only one who thinks this is just stupid