Wedding haka – level 3

19-07-2023 15:00

A video of a wedding haka performed by the groom’s family at a wedding in New Zealand has gone viral.

People performed it at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hamilton on New Zealand’s North Island to honour the bride’s Maori heritage. Her groom and she were clearly moved by the demonstration and even joined in themselves. The particular haka is called Tika Tonu which tells the story of a father encouraging his son to overcome his problems.

Difficult words: haka (a traditional Maori ceremonial dance during which people shout and stomp their feet), Latter-day Saints (the Mormons’ name for themselves as a religion), Maori (relating to the native people of New Zealand), heritage (a culture), encourage (help, support).

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What is the significance and meaning of a haka in Maori culture?


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