A law highlighting the legal rights ofthe Haka have been passed by Parliament.
The new law gives Ngati Toa Rangatira the legal right of the haka Ka Mate Ka Mate. However, nothing will change for the All Blacks, Army or Police or other groups performing the haka.
Under the new law, the tribe has the right to have it acknowledged that Te Rauparaha was the composer of the haka and was a chief of Ngati Toa Rangatira.
The tribe was happy that the All Blacks use the haka and it had a good relationship with the Army and Police.
Maori affairs Minister Pita Sharples described the Ka Mate haka as “a triumphant, defiant celebration of life over death”.
“The haka Ka Mate is our most powerful icon and symbol for New Zealand’s most favourite past time, punching above our weight.”
National’s Tau Henare called for greater education in schools of New Zealand’s history.
Article written by Editor