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Samoan flashmob haka call for Lambton Quay

Sep 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Lead Story, News, Sport

SAMOAN SITE: The corner of Willis St and Lambton Quay, proposed site for the Samoan haka.

A FACEBOOK inspired Manu Samoan flash mob haka may involve more than 700 participants taking over part of Wellington’s top retail street at lunchtime tomorrow.

Samoan Unite is the call on Facebook by Henrietta Hunkin and Evan Belford for a flash mob haka outside Wellington’s BNZ Centre, on the corner of Willis St and Lambton Quay at 12.30pm.

Evan hopes to have more than 50 people involved in the Siva Tau haka performance when the pedestrian light strikes green.

“It’s hard to say how many people will turn up but I would say there will probably be 50 to 70 people.”

At 4:45pm today (Tuesday) 790 fans had stated on the Facebook page that they would turn up.

The traditional Samoan challenge performed by its national rugby team will go for about a minute and a half, and Evan hopes police will not intervene.

“I don’t think there will be a police presence unless they’ve seen the Facebook page.”

The flash mob is scheduled for two hours before the kick off between Manu Samoa and Namibia at Rotorua International Stadium.

“Most people will be down at the Wellington Fan zone on the waterfront to watch the game,” says Evan, who will be leading the haka.

A post of the Facebook page states TVNZ will be attending.

Maori flashmob haka understood to be organised by Maori TV were performed at several sites in Auckland last week.

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