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New Zealand Anthem and the All Black Haka

Since I am in a New Zealand mood here is the New Zealand national anthem (prior to an All Blacks game):

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB1zn3MyFF0[/youtube]
The lyrics (the first part is in Maori…):

E Ihoa Atua,
O nga Iwi Matoura,
Ata whaka rongona;
Me aroha noa.
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau to atawhai;
Manaakitia mai
Aotearoa

God of nations! at Thy feet
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our Free Land.
Guard Pacific’s triple star,
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand…

There are more lyrics, but that is the part traditionally sung at sporting events.

The All Blacks do the new Haka:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Zvs4T4RU30[/youtube]
As I understand it, it’s not just to intimidate your opponent, but to welcome them to the battle.
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