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Dave 21st March 2006 11:22 AM

Is the Haka being devalued?
Australian commentators are complaining that the haka is being performed too often at the Commonwealth Games (and other events), to the point that it is losing it's impact.

I'm inclined to agree. I don't think it's a good idea to be performing the haka in public every time someone wins a bronze medal. I think it should be reserved for more special occasions.

New Zealand games chef de mission Dave Currie disagrees, saying "It's about expressing yourself and I think it's wonderful." He says the haka can be performed any time, even if a team just feels an athlete deserves recognition.

Too much, say I. If it's a big win or an unusually special moment then do the haka. If you want to recognise a good effort, a clap will do just fine.

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