Story: Ngā manu – birds

Haka (2nd of 2)


The New Zealand Māori rugby team moves forward as a compact group while performing the haka (war dance). This movement is called kawau mārō, and also describes a group of men going into battle with a haka. A kawau is a shag – the metaphor refers to the way a shag stretches its neck when it is ready to fly.

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Kelly Keane-Tuala, 'Ngā manu – birds - Sayings, metaphors and stories', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Kelly Keane-Tuala, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015