New Zealand group to perform war dance for Taiwan Flora Expo finale

Maimoa Music─Te Wehi Haka will perform the ancient Māori war dance called the 'haka’

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New Zealand’s  performing group Maimoa Music ─ Te Wehi Haka. (Taichung’s Tourism and Travel Bureau photo)

New Zealand’s performing group Maimoa Music ─ Te Wehi Haka. (Taichung’s Tourism and Travel Bureau photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As the 173-day Flora Expo in Taichung draws to a close, New Zealand’s Maimoa Music─Te Wehi Haka is scheduled to perform a traditional Māori dance, the haka, for the expo’s grand finale, Taichung’s Tourism and Travel Bureau said on Sunday (April 21).

The haka dances will be staged at the Houli expo site, at 4 p.m., April 23-24.

The Commission of Indigenous Peoples of Taichung said Maimoa Music─ Te Wehi Haka was founded to promote Maori culture. The group has performed in many countries around the world, including Oman, China, the U.S., Australia, Poland, Ireland, and South Korea.

The haka is a type of ancient Māori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield to deter the enemy. Actions include violent foot-stamping, tongue protrusions, wide open eyes, ferocious facial expressions, and rhythmic body slapping, accompanied by loud chants.

The commission said the public are welcome to enjoy their performance.