Ever wondered how the Te Iwi Kiwi haka came about? Cultural Advisor Ora Kihi talks us through the meaning of the haka and why it has a special place in the hearts of all our Kiwis players, and their biggest supporters.

TE IWI KIWI HAKA WORDS

TUKUA TE KAWAU MARO

BATTLE FORMATION, PREPARE OF WAR,

 NGA KIWI O TE AO

A call to all Kiwis of the world

 TENA HUAKINA

Unleash the spirit within.

TENA POUA

Prepare the post for our house.

POU TUTURU

The Maori Pou, indigenous people    

RUURUU ANA

Let the earth shake and ground rumble.

POU TUUHONO

The Pou that links all cultures.    

TUMATAUENGA

The God of War

TE OPE TAUA

Who is this war party      

KO TE KAPA KIWI E

It is the Kiwi war party

TAU MAI TAKU MANA

I draw my power.        

NO TUAWHAKARERE

From the beginning of time

TAU MAI KO TE IHI

I draw my strength.      

NO OKU TUPUNA

From my ancestors.

HIINEI TAKU WHARE

Here stands my House.  

KIA TUPATO

Be careful

KEI MATE

For I will defend it        

HI HAA

The breath of LIFE.

 

 

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