The world was shaken after the brutal and excruciating shooting that took place at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 this year. The attacker, a 28-year-old Brenton Harrison Tarrant, single-handedly carried out the attacks, killing over 50 people within a span of 36 minutes during the Friday prayers.
Hardships are all part of life, and it is important for people to look after one another regardless of their cultural backgrounds and ethnicity. To give respect to those who lost their lives in the mass shooting, various groups of people from New Zealand have been performing haka all across the country.
WHAT IS HAKA?
Haka is a ceremonial dance form in the Maori culture. It is a posture dance performed by a group, which includes forceful movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmic shouting that goes along the feet movement.
According to Maori ethos, Tama-nui-to-ra, the Sun God, had two wives, Hine-raumati, the Summer maid, and Hine takurua, the Winter maid. The child born to him and Hine-raumati was Tane-rore, who is credited with the origin of the dance. Tane-rore is the trembling of the air as seen on the hot days of summer, and represented by the quivering of the hands in the dance.
Regardless of the particular definition, the haka is part of the Maori culture and tradition. A haka tells stories.This powerful dance form is used to welcome guests, to acknowledge great achievements or is performed at funerals to give respect to the dead.
New Zealand shooting victims get unique haka tribute, from biker gangs to teenagers.
HAKA TRIBUTES FROM ALL OVER NEW ZEALAND
Every imaginable group in New Zealand, from teenagers of Christchurch Boys' High School to a gang of bikers, people are performing haka on roads to pay their respects to the dead.
Boys from the Christchurch school performed haka to show unity and support for the New Zealand Muslim community. Headboy of the school, Fergus Kilpatrick told ABC News, "It's something that's really special. It's a part of our culture and it's what we've done growing up, and to share that with someone through their grieving period, It is an honour. It really is."
Do you wish to pay a tribute with the Haka Dance? Here are the lyrics.
The haka composed for the Christchurch commemoration, below are the words to the haka specially commissioned by the Maori Council to commemorate the victims of the Christchurch shooting.
Haka Koiora - Haka for life
Paiahahā, Paiahahā (Attention! Attention!)
He aha rā ka tāpaea ngā mahi kikino (Why do we wait for something bad to happen)
Ki te kūkūtia tātou katoa e? (To eventually come together?)
Ia ha ha!
E oho, kia tika rā (Wake up, be true!)
Unuhia ngā here o te kino, (Strip away bad things like)
Whakatakē, whakaparahako e (Negativity and belittling others)
Ko te pūtake o te whakaaro, he kaikir (because the underlining factor is racism)
Takatakahia Hi (Stomp on it)
Wherawherahia Hi (Get rid of it)
Kia tū te tangata koia anake (So all that remains is your true person)
Ko au, Ko koe, ko koe, ko au, ko tāua e (I am you, you are me, this is us)
Ko te mea nui o te ao (The greatest thing in this world)
He tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata e ('Tis people, 'Tis people, 'Tis people)