Monday, January 8, 2007


Chests banged over topless haka

`An English women’s rugby team have had a strip torn off them after performing a topless haka.

The girls from the Canterbury women’s rugby team in Kent went topless in their version of the sacred war dance for their raunchy 2007 calendar.

But Maori academics have labelled their interpretation of the All Blacks’ Ka Mate haka as racially ignorant.

“It looks like misuse of the haka to me,” said Dr Poia Rewi, senior lecturer in the School of Maori Studies at Otago University.

“I think Maori would be offended by this,” he said.’

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