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haka

1. (verb) (-a,-hia,-ina,-tia) to dance, perform the haka, perform.

E kīia ana i te wā e haka ana tētahi o aua matua, ngarue ana te whenua (TKO 30/6/1920:5). / It is said that at the time that one of those groups was performing the haka, the ground shook.

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2. (modifier) haka performance, posture dance performance, cultural.

Nō te tau 1910, ka pōwhiritia a Mākereti rātau ko tana kapa haka kia taki haere ki tētehi whakakitenga ki Poihākena ki te mahi i ā rātau mahi ngahau i reira (TTR 1996:122). / In 1910 Mākereti and her cultural group were invited to go to a Sydney exhibition to perform.

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3. (noun) performance of the haka, posture dance - vigorous dances with actions and rhythmically shouted words. A general term for several types of such dances.

(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 65-69, 72-74;)

Tika tonu mātou ki te whare hei kākahutanga i ō mātou kahu Māori, e takatū ana mō te haka, tā rawa te kanohi ki te moko (TP 1/12/1902:3). / We went straight to the house to change into our Māori costumes, prepare for the performance and apply the moko to our faces.

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