If Ngati Toa say Te Rauparaha was the composer of Ka Mate, it would be impolite to ask for proof

December 8, 2012

The Herald has done Alf a big favour today, by publishing (here) the words to a haka along with the translation.

Not just any old haka, let it be emphasised.

This is a widely known haka, because it is the haka most often performed and made famous by the All Blacks.

Why the All Blacks would want to belligerently shout the words before test matches is something of a mystery to Alf, because as you can see from the translation, the words are…

Well, not to put too fine a point on it, they are banal, and you have to track down attempts like the one here to explain them.

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