Māori tribe tells anti-Covid vaccine protesters to stop using its haka
Tribal leaders say they have lost many ancestors to previous pandemics and see vaccine as best protection against virus
Anti-vaccine protesters in New Zealand have been told to stop using the “ka mate” haka by the tribe who have ownership of it.
The haka, a Māori war dance made internationally famous by its performance by the All Blacks at rugby matches, is considered a cultural treasure, or taonga, in New Zealand. It was performed last week by anti-vaccination and “freedom” protesters, who marched in their thousands to parliament.