For those of us that don’t know what the Haka is, lets clear that up first. The Haka is derived from the Maori Culture in New Zealand and is a war cry, war dance, or challenge. Traditionally, the Haka was used by warriors before going in to battle in order to intimidate their opponent. It has also been used to honor great people or guests at a large gathering or funeral, as in the case of this teacher, Mr. Dawson Tamatea.
It’s hard to watch the above video without a tear in your eye or a chill running down your spine. The amount of emotion and power some of these young men pour in to this tribute for their teacher is nothing short of heartwarming and reverent. Mr. Tamatea must have left a lasting impression on these young men for them to put so much in to his tribute.
The Palmerston North Boys’ High School in Manawatu, New Zealand (PNBHS) released these words following the ceremonial performance:
The entire school performing the Haka during the arrival of Mr. Tamatea in the hearse. This was a very emotional and powerful performance. We are extremely proud of our boys’ performance and we know that Mr Tamatea would be too.