Thanks for posting.
I wonder if one of our Kiwi friends could post a link or something about that dance, particularly with regard to its role in the military? Probably this sounds a wee bit ignorant now but I always was under the impression that it was a Maori thing and that hakas done by whites - at rugby games for example - were more or less show or even parody. No offence meant, I'm asking in order to broaden my mind.
No, you would never do a Haka as parody or in a light hearted manner (unless you wanted the sh1t kicked out of you and/or are a drunk kiwi in a London pub). It should be performed with gusto and commitment regardless of circumstances.
Haka are traditional challenges performed before battle to goad and intimidate your enemy as well as fire up your own side. You will have seen the All Blacks do plenty. A Haka performed well sends shivers up your spine, believe me. Like Flagg, I'm honkier than most honkies and I've bashed out a few over the years.
At funerals, Haka are performed to challenge the deceased to come to the underworld, and to let the gods know he is coming (or she, unfortunately).
That is only one form of the haka...there are several different versions of the haka from different nations of the Polynesian descent
2/1 Kiwi is well aware of that.
As a soldier from 2/1 I'm sure he could perform Kura Takahi Puni in his sleep, and probably a good few others.
And with his length of service and experience he would have not only performed a good few different Haka, but been on the receiving end from our Pacific Partner Nations on both exercises and operations.
So he'd be well aware of the Haka in all it's forms and flavours, more so than just about anyone else on this forum.
I'm sure your not trying to lecture, but it's coming across that way a bit.