Anti-vaccine protesters have been told to stop using the “ka mate” haka by the tribe who have ownership of it.
The haka is a cultural treasure, or taonga, for New Zealand and Ngāti Toa is the tribe that has legal guardianship of the ka mate haka.
However, last week it was performed last week by anti-vaccination and “freedom” protesters, who marched in their thousands to parliament.
Ngāti Toa issued a statement this week saying that it “condemns the use of the Ka Mate haka to push and promote anti-Covid-19-vaccination messages”.
They also asked that “anti-vaccination and anti-mandate protesters cease the use of Ka Mate at their protests immediately”
Ngāti Toa leaders said that the tribe had lost many tupuna (ancestors) to pandemics and that they were embracing vaccinations.