A group of 100 Vodafone Warriors fans joined together in a beautiful and powerful haka at Mt Smart Stadium, dedicating their performance to the NZ league players competing away from home.
The NRL Warriors, who moved in May to Australia for the 2020 season, have been forced to live over the ditch, away from their family, friends and supporters due to the Covid-19 pandemic keeping crowds from attending games.
As a mark of support for the Warriors, in the lead up to their game against Melbourne Storm, a 100-strong haka at Mount Smart Stadium was to symbolise fans still being there in spirit.
Organised by sponsor Best Foods alongside the kapa haka group The Haka Experience, the bespoke performance conveys how Kiwis are united during this pandemic, as well as sending support from Aotearoa to the players in Aussie.
You can read the lyrics to the haka in both Te Reo and translated English below:
Maranga mai e te iwi e
Tukitukia, werowerohia te mate urutā
Rere ana te mataku, rere ana te wehiwehi
Ka mate ka mate, ka ora ka ora
Tu mai nga tama toa,
Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui e
Ahakoa he tawhiti te whanau,
Kore kore rawa e tu mokemoke
He matenga poto, he oranga roa
Tu mai nga tama toa, Kia kaha, kia toa
Kia kotahi tatou
Ka mate, ka mate ka ora, ka ora
Aotearoa it’s time to rise up!
We are being tested by this pandemic
The unknown causing apprehension and fear
Will we perish? No, we will live
Rise up the warriors
Be strong, be determined and be brave
Although you are far from your families
You have never been alone
A short sacrifice for long term benefit
Rise up warriors, be strong, be brave
We are in this together
Will we perish? No, we will live, we will live.