School Haka

By MH | Posted: Monday October 22, 2018

This original school haka was received with ‘vigorous applause by the boys to show their approval’ (1909). It has since had several changes.

In 1928, it was edited by W W Bird, a Maori scholar. In 1996 the recent edition was edited by Mr Kerry Cameron, father of Keith Cameron, 1st XV captain at the time.

It is taught to all Year 9s, performed by the 1st XV before traditional matches and performed by the entire school on special formal occasions.

Taringa whakarongo (Listening)

Kia rite (Be ready)

Kia rite (Be ready)

Kia mau (Begin)

E ringa awhita (Arms up)

Aue tukua (Arms on legs)

He pakia (slap legs)

Torona kei waho (Arms out)

Hoki mai

Ko wai te kura

E tu ake nei

(who is this school standing here)

E ringaringa pakia

Aue pakia kia rite

(slap knees be ready)

E waewae takahia

Aue takahia a kia kino



Ko Otago te kura e

Tu ake nei

(Otago is the school standing here)

E rite nei hoki

(we are ready)

Kia kino akia kino (we are bad)

Au Au Aue Ha !

Turuki turuki (move forward)

Paneke paneke (hold position)

Turuki turuki (move forward)

Paneke paneke (hold position)

I A Ha Ha !

Homai Te Aroha Te Pouri

(Give me the pain and sorrow)

(Give me the bate and darkness)

Kia wetewete Kss wetewete

Kss wetewete Kss wetewete Kss

(bring the enemy down)

Ara Tī (for today)

Ara Tē (for tomorrow)

Ara Tau (for ever)

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