Mourning New Zealand Students Perform Special ‘Haka’ for Beloved Maori Teacher

(via) When beloved teacher Mr. Dawson Tamatea of New Zealand’s Palmerston North Boy’s High School passed away the entire student body got together and performed a special ‘Haka’ to honour him as the hearse carrying his body arrived on campus. Tamatea was the school’s Dean of Student Achievement and a keen keeper/teacher of Maori traditions. Try to keep it together as you watch…

This was a very emotional and powerful performance. We are extremely proud of our boys’ performance and we know that Mr Tamatea would be too. For those watching in other parts of the world, this is our school Haka. This is the translation:

Be prepared take hold
Reach out
We of Palmerston North Boys’ High School stand steadfast
Within our Domain
Standing firm
Standing proud
Standing with respect
To uphold
To uplift
To uplift
To uphold
The prestige of our school
Our aims are to seek knowledge
And reach our goals and aspirations
Seek the horizon of aspirations
And draw near to it
Those aspirations that are near, take them
And it be known, yes, let it be known
Let your adrenalin abound high above
It is done!!!

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