Wedding haka – level 3

28-01-2016 07:00

Not your traditional first dance, as spine-tingling haka performed by a groom’s family at a wedding in New Zealand has gone viral. Led by the best man and brother of the groom, the group performed the dance, stomping their feet and shouting the traditional war cries.

Taken at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hamilton on New Zealand’s North Island, the performance was made to honour the bride’s Maori heritage.

This particular haka is called Tika Tonu which tells the story of a father encouraging his son to overcome his problems. The groom and his bride were clearly moved by the demonstration. And even joined in themselves.

It would seem that if they can haka that, they can hack a marriage.

Difficult words: spine-tingling (thrilling), stomp (to hit the floor with your feet), cry (a loud shout), Latter-day Saints (the Mormons’ name for themselves), Maori (relating to the native people of New Zealand), heritage (a culture), haka (a traditional Maori ceremonial dance), encourage (to help), hack at something (to manage; haka sounds like hack a).



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