New Zealand's Maori Tribe Urges Anti-Vaxxers to Stop Using Haka During Protests

© Photo : Public domain / Erin A. Kirk-CuomoMaori warriors preform a Haka, meaning dance of welcome, for Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta during a Powhiri ceremony while visiting Auckland, New Zealand Sept. 21, 2012
Maori warriors preform a Haka, meaning dance of welcome, for Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta during a Powhiri ceremony while visiting Auckland, New Zealand Sept. 21, 2012 - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.11.2021
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Residents of New Zealand's capital took to the streets earlier to protest against restrictive measures imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maori tribe has called on demonstrators to "immediately" stop using their famous traditional dance, the haka, at anti-vaccination protests in New Zealand.
The corresponding strict warning for anti-vaxxers was issued by the Ngāti Toa tribe, which guards the traditions of the haka, according to the BBC.

"Ngāti Toa condemns the use of the Ka Mate haka to push and promote anti-Covid-19 vaccination messages," said its chief executive officer Helmut Modlik stated, as quoted by the BBC.

Protesters have performed Ka Mate, a Maori haka composed around 1820 by Te Rauparaha, war leader of the Ngāti Toa tribe, at their rallies over the past few weeks against vaccine mandates and pandemic restrictions.
Among Maori, who make up 16 percent of New Zealand's population, vaccination rates remain rather low against New Zealand's target of vaccinating 90 percent of those eligible before ending lockdowns.
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