Haka returned to the Maori’s

February 11, 2009

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Following concerns that the Ka Mate Haka war dance (used by national rugby team – the All Blacks) was being commercially exploited, the New Zealand government has agreed to acknowledge Maori ownership of the haka and pay NZ$300million to eight Maori tribes. Also included within this figure was compensation for historic grievances.

As part of the settlement, the New Zealand government has agreed that the Haka belongs to the Maori tribe of the Ngati Toa and in particular to its chief, Te Rauparaha, who wrote it to celebrate his escape from death in a battle in the 1820s.

“One Maori negotiator said this latest settlement would never make up for what had been taken but would provide a resource for the future.”

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7882775.stm 

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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