Aussies can’t hack the Haka


“The Australian newspaper complained on Monday that New Zealand’s rugby side had performed half a dozen haka after their gold medal last Friday.

New Zealand swimmers and officials performed a stirring haka after Moss Burmester won the 200m butterfly on Thursday but then did another to celebrate a bronze in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

“The haka is powerful medicine, a way of welcoming honored guests and of intimidating foes. Don’t devalue it,” The Australian wrote.

But New Zealand team officials were unrepentant on Tuesday.

“The first question is – too many for whom?” New Zealand chef-de-mission Dave Currie told The New Zealand Herald.

“Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi doesn’t quite cut it,” he said of the popular Australian chant.”

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