New Zealand Infantry Regiment Says Farewell To Dead Soldier

I just saw this remarkable farewell by the New Zealand Infantry Regiment to a dead colleague. This is the Haka, which is by many in New Zealand (not only the Māori). I found this a touching farewell to a dead fellow soldier

The war Haka was originally used as a type of war cry to intimidate their opponents but is now used in a variety of ceremonial and sporting events. These differ from group to group. This is specifically the Haka used by the Infantry Regiment.

Here is the haka used by soccer team from New Zealand:

You can see the differences if you watch closely. Sometimes both teams can have do the haka in a match:

26 thoughts on “New Zealand Infantry Regiment Says Farewell To Dead Soldier

  1. I just wiki’d up the Haka….Very interesting…many uses for many different events…..Thanks I did not know…. Another reason not to play Rugby…But its not just used for Rugby..

  2. Final tribute and honor to a fallen comrade. Only soldiers, no matter what culture or country understand this final respect. May he rest in peace with all his fellow comrades in arms.

  3. Why do we allow our governments to send us to war? No more. No more should we accept their wars. It is time to free the world from tyranny and corruption

  4. The American Indian culture had rituals and traditions not only to mourn the death of a warrior, but to rehabilitate the retuning warrior’s psychological damage done by war. Our medical/military culture has made remarkable techno advances in replacing limbs, burns, etc. We are clueless in repairing the psyche of our returning soldiers. Elaine’s post yesterday was poignant in this regard. To me, this represents an indigenous ritual of venting anger. The depression our returning warriors suffer is anger internalized. It would be wise for our military to speak w/ different U.S. tribes and learn about their rituals. Sadly, no one has ever accused our military leaders of wisdom.

  5. Steve Groh, I LOVE mussels and the BEST ones in the world come from you’re beautiful country. Lewis Black is one of my favorite comedians. He did some shows in NZ and loved the country. When I saw Black in Madison a few years back he did a bit on NZ. He starts off w/ genuine praise of the country. Then his rant! “I flew to NZ on a 747. We took off from NYC. They first gave us some drinks and a meal. They showed a movie and then turned out the lights for rest. We woke up had coffee/drinks, had another meal, and Then another movie. The pilot spoke to us, another meal and movie..AND THEN WE WERE HALF WAY THERE!”

  6. This is their arrival and ramp ceremony at Christchurch airfield last August. Corporal Luke Tamatea, age 31, Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, age 26, and Private Richard Harris, age 21. All killed when an IED hit their Humvee. LCPL Baker was a medic, and the first New Zealand soldier ever killed in combat.

    It is time to bring them home. It is past time. Bring them home. All of them.

  7. A nice big breath of fresh air. If I played whatever that game is, I’d be intimidated.

    I’ve been to New Zealand and loved it. If I were a decade or two younger I would emigrate there.

  8. On the subject of New Zealand and Maori traditions, here’s the video of the NZ Parliament passage of the Marriage Equality bill and the serenade by the spectators. Beautiful music.

  9. Bettykath,

    Thank you so much for that. I am sure Governor Walker would have them all arrested if the gallery did that in Wisconsin.

    I have never been to New Zealand, but know many people who have, and going there is on my bucket list.

    New Zealander Hayley Westenra recorded Pokarekare Ana when she was only 16 or 17. It put her remarkable voice on the map.

  10. Bron,

    It’s considerably less dramatic and more Zen than that although you’ve nailed part of the spririt of the thing. :mrgreen:

  11. nick:

    We never bust balls, that is so gauche. So Sicilian, if you will. I am of English and Scottish origin and Gene H is probably English. Howington old chap just has an English ring to it. :)

  12. Bron,

    I’m an island triple threat: Scots-Irish (Mom’s side) and English (Dad’s side) but I look 100% black Irish. Ask OS.

  13. Gene H:

    That Scots-Irish is a pugnacious combination. Have you read James Webb’s book on them? I thought it was an interesting read and it gave me some insight into my personality.

  14. Bron,

    If you’re talking about “Born Fighting”, I have not read it but I might after I finish what I’m reading now (Walter Mosley’s “When The Thrill Is Gone”). Other than voting to extend the Patriot Act, I admire his voting record in general so I’m willing to give him a chance as an author. I do need to read something new in the history category. I’ve been reading a lot of mystery novels and science lately. I think the last thing I read in history was “Winter King: Henery VII and the Dawn of Tudor England” by Thomas Penn (a lovely gift from Mrs. Blouise I might add – also a good read).

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