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Last Updated: Friday, 10 June 2005, 06:29 GMT 07:29 UK
What is the haka?

Step one of the haka

The haka embodies the Maori warrior culture - the perfect way to lay down the challenge to an opponent. It starts with the knees bent with hands on the hips, waiting for the call from the leader to begin

Step two of the haka

The words "Ka Mate! Ka Mate!" are shouted, the arms are spread wide

Step three of the haka

"Ka ora! Ka ora!" The thighs are then slapped twice, then the chest once

Step four of the haka

The hands are then raised with the head looking to the sky. This whole series is repeated again with the same words

Step five of the haka

"Tenei te tangata" The hands or fists are pumped in front of the body from one side...

Step six of the haka

...To the other

Step seven of the haka

"Puhuru huru" The right hand is moved up and down by the waist four times

Step eight of the haka

"Whakawhiti te ra" The arms are raised to the sky and the head raised on the word "ra" (sun in Maori)

Step nine of the haka

And the move is repeated again on the other arm. After this, the move is repeated, but this time only slapping the elbow once on both arms

Step 10 of the haka

"Upane, Kaupane" One arm is raised at right angles while the other is horizontal under the chest

Step 11 of the haka

"A upa ne ne ka upa ne": One arm is bent at the elbow, while the other slaps the exposed elbow two twice

Step 12 of the haka

"Whiti te ra" The arms are raised once again with the head looking to the sky

Step 13 of the haka

And the Haka is famously finished with a jump, the arms raised and a very loud "Heeeee"

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