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“Kapa o Pango!”

Posted by scorpiomkm on October 19, 2007

Controversial All Blacks haka could get chop

 October 20, 2007
By Derek Cheng

 

 

The All Blacks performing Kapa o Pango. Photo / Mark Mitchell.

The All Blacks performing Kapa o Pango. Photo / Mark Mitchell.

 

 

The future of the controversial and aggressive All Black haka Kapa o Pango is up in the air.

The haka, which originally included an intimidating “breath of life” throat-slitting gesture, was created for the All Black squad in 2005 to be performed before important games.

The early Rugby World Cup exit has ended the team’s season, and with several players in the squad leaving the team, Kapa o Pango may have been performed for the last time.

All Blacks media manager Scott Compton said the future of the haka would be up to the team “It will be a team decision. The team won’t be assembled again until next season, so it won’t be a question we’ll be able to answer until maybe June next year.”

Kapa o Pango was first performed in 2005 by the Tana Umaga-led All Blacks before a test against South Africa and has been repeated for other important matches.

It was written by the squad with the help of prominent Maori artist Derek Lardelli.

The words and actions represent New Zealand, the silver fern, “warriors in black” and the All Blacks’ cultural diversity.

 

The gesture was changed to a vigorous chest-rub after an official review.

Haka have been created specifically before. The 1924-25 Invincibles arrived inEurope with a purpose-built haka written by Wiremu Rangi and Native Land Court Judge Frank Archeson. When the tour reached France, the haka caught the eye of Irish writer James Joyce, who modified some of the words and used them in his final novel Finnegans Wake.

 

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I’ve made arrangements to return to New Zealand next year; and I hope upon my return … New Zealand has NOT done away with the spectacular ” Kapa o Pango “!

The article is wrong in saying that the fierce War Chant & Dance was first performed in 2005. Hell! When I was there in 2003 I saw it performed by New Zealand’s National Rugby Team “The ALL BLACKS” ~ and I LOVED it!!

See. Right before a rugby match, the All Blacks would break into this ancient Maori (Native) dance and chant …. that after seeing it, I had wished it would be adopted by sport teams in the U.S.

Trust Me: Kiwis aren’t about to abandon this fabulous pre-game ritual! It’s so ….. Beautiful and Fierce; so ……. Intimidating; so ……. All Black; and most importantly, so ….. New Zealand!

In fact: I do the ” Kapa o Pango ” right before sex!   : )

What’s New Zealand without ‘The Mighty Misty Mountains” or spectacular Glaciers?

What’s New Zealand without deep ancient Forests or pristine  streams and air?

What’s New Zealand without its National Rugby Team, “The All Blacks”,  performing  the Kapa o Pango “?

Political Correctness ….. my black ass!!   : )

 

*  …… and forever the  Kapa o Pango !!

 

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One Response to ““Kapa o Pango!””

  1. The haka cannot and should not be scrapped from international rugby. Its part of the attraction to see the All Blacks play, as well as a cutural statment.

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