Haka more important than the anthem
Is it time to ditch the haka?
Has the haka had its day? Our readers share their views on the All Blacks icon.
The haka is as, if not more, important than the New Zealand anthem when it comes to international rugby.
The haka represents a tradition of Aotearoa that dates back long before the national anthem was introduced into New Zealand.
It not only represents defending Aotearoa on our soil, it's a war dance to be performed against opponents who challenge us or we challenge for the right to be victorious, no matter where we are in the world.
I have never met a South African who did not like watching the haka, and I have worked with dozens of them in the Middle East.
As for the English not liking the haka, I think the haka symbolises the fact that they were ever able to defeat the Maori outright two centuries ago.
Getting back to national anthems, let's see how England or Ireland or which ever country would feel if we banned them from singing their national anthem when they toured down under.
I guess this is the reality of being so dominant in rugby - people think the haka puts a fear factor into the opponents.
Long live the haka!
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