A group of Kiwi boys are going viral after performing a haka for their mate who’s going off to the USA.
Posted to Tiktok by @curlyheadnikau back in August with the caption “send off the big cuzzy, good luck over in the US”, the clip gained 2.8 million views and 490k likes over the last few months.
Check out the haka below.
Now, the video is going viral all over again after it was reposted by @majicallynews on Instagram with a ‘Game of Thrones’ actress even commenting on it.
Majically News posted it just a few days ago with a caption appreciating the haka and what it represents for Māori.
“Families performing the haka makes us so emotional,” their caption reads. “What a beautiful and vibrant dance to display pride, strength, and unity.”
Nathalie Emmanuel, who played Missandei in the massive TV show ‘Game of Thrones’, shared her love for the haka in the comments of Majically’s post.
“It gives me chills every time I see the haka performed,” she wrote. “It’s so emotional and powerful.”
Pretty much all of the comments on the Instagram post showed respect and appreciation for the haka, which is nice to see, especially considering some of the recent attitudes towards the Māori culture and language that have come to light closer to home over the last few months.
“I think we can learn a lot from these young people about holding tradition of the people,” another commenter wrote. “So moving.”
“So beautiful and emotionally POWERFUL!” someone else said. “It is so important to keep tradition/culture alive, especially among the younger generations. Never lose who and what you came from!!!”
“The haka has to be one of the most (if not the most) beautiful forms of praise. Absolutely love the culture and heritage,” wrote one more.
“I’ve never seen this before but watching I could feel the positive energy, passion and strength. He will prosper,” is another comment on the post.
Awesome to see some love towards the Aotearoa/Māori culture from those unfamiliar with it - it really is that easy.