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Hundreds invade city street for Samoan haka

Sep 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Latest News, News

THE Corners of Willis St and Lambton Quay were coloured blue and red today as the Samoan Flash Mob invaded central Wellington.

Hundreds of supporters turned out for the haka in the middle of the street. reports that the haka consisted of 20 participants.

The Siva Tau haka was led by event organiser Evan Belford, who rated it a success.

“It was pretty successful. I was disappointed we couldn’t get to the intersection but the crowds were so huge.”

As soon as supporters saw participants move onto the street they also crowded the intersection.

“Good turnout, the crowd was awesome.

“I managed to speak to a few people after the performance, who were really happy that the spirit of the Rugby World Cup was out there.”

A small police presence along with a handful of Rugby World Cup volunteers were able to not only control the huge crowd but kept them safe by closing off the roads temporarily with cars.

“I was really surprised to see some cops and RWC volunteers there, so obviously the word got out,” says Mr Belford who gathered the performers or a practise haka in Civic Square first.

Samoan fans Erica Tuese, Soane Brown and Mitchell Mokalei all said the performance was better than they expected.

“It was awesome, we thought it was awesome because we’re just naturally awesome.”

They all joined in to participate.

“I took off my shirt, had to show my pride,” says Soane.

“It was better than we thought it would be.”

Erica found the event through its Facebook group and she passed on the message to all of her Samoan friends.

The Facebook page was covered in good reviews of the event, with Fan Tepora Samia saying she took her dad along.

“I was in tears and I’m sure my dad was crying too cause he put his shades on. lol.My hat goes off to the organizers…It was a MEAN crowd and MEAN Atmosphere!!GO THE MANU!!.”

Evan and flash mob members and fans went from the intersection to the fanzone to watch Samoa play Namibia.

CROWDED HOUSE: Crowds fill in around the corner of Lambton Quay and Willis St.


FLASH MOB: People gather at Civic Square to prepare for intersection invasion.

SAMOANS UNITE: Drummers warm up the performers.

HAKA LEADER: Evan Belford pictured to the right of the TV camera man during the haka..



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