READER REPORT:

Haka debate: Other countries are jealous

TERESA SMYTH
Last updated 05:00 30/11/2013
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IAIN MCGREGOR/ Fairfax NZ

AWESOME FORCE: Seeing the haka live is 'just plain cool'.

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The haka has come under fire recently. We asked readers, has the haka had its day? Teresa Smyth says a resounding no!

The haka is awesome! Other countries are jealous they don't have something similar. We should be proud to see it performed in such a powerful way.

I lived away from New Zealand for seven years and going to rugby games abroad and seeing the haka was just plain cool. The national pride you feel and the sense of awe you get from seeing it performed is a privilege.

The best experience I had was sitting in the crowd at the Stade de France watching New Zealanders and the French sit there in silence. The French were just as much in awe as I was.

When I asked them what they thought of the haka they said it was amazing, something they looked forward to seeing as well.

When we didn't performed the haka in Cardiff, my Welsh friends said they were so disappointed. They had paid to watch the haka and were gutted they never got to see it.

I get that some people hate it, but I think there are just as many people out there who love it - and not only Kiwis.

We have a fantastic culture; our heritage is rich in meaning and power. The haka reminds me of that every time it is performed.

I don't think we should be ashamed of it, I think we should embrace it.

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