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Cargo team haka wins again

SCOTT MORGAN
Last updated 05:00 28/08/2012
Hakamania

MIGHTY HAKA: Air New Zealand international cargo employees won the company’s Hakamania contest held at its cargo base in Mangere.

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The sights and sounds of Hakamania took over Air New Zealand's airport cargo base.

It's an annual event the company runs, with teams from divisions as diverse as international cargo and cabin crew competing for the coveted title.

Two video entries were also submitted by teams from China and Los Angeles.

Air New Zealand cultural development manager Andrew Baker says the international cargo team were deserving winners for the second year running.

"They were fantastic and went all out. They designed and painted tattoos on their body, then launched into their performance, which was outstanding."

He says many of the winning team of 10 are Samoan.

Other teams have included many different ethnicities, with both men and women participating since the event began four years ago.

"It's one of those events when it was originally conceived, we didn't appreciate its impact.

"It's a great way to bring culture to life in the organisation."

The judging panel consisted of Air New Zealand management members and and Vodafone Warriors players Ben Matulino and Jerome Ropati.

Teams were judged on creativity, leadership and performance qualities, along with technical aspects like their stance and actions.

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- Manukau Courier

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