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Ngati Toa hope All Blacks bring cup back for visit to Ka Mate’s home

Dec 11th, 2015 | By | Category: Latest News, News

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NGATI TOA hope the All Blacks return to visit them with the Webb Ellis Cup they won.

The All Blacks visit to Hongoeka Marae (above) before going to the Rugby World Cup was about the rugby union finally realising that there are benefits in having a relationship with owners of the Ka Mate haka, say Ngati Toa kaumatua.

Talks with New Zealand Rugby Union began back in 2009 when the Crown and Ngati Toa co-signed a letter of agreement for their treaty claim recognising ownership of the haka.

The Porirua tribe invited the All Blacks to visit their marae in 2011.

However, New Zealand was hosting the rugby world cup that year and could not spare any time to visit the owners of Ka Mate.

Ngati Toa iwi member Te Ariki Wi Neera was part of the negotiating team to bring the All Blacks to Porirua.

“They kept saying ‘we’ll come, we’ll come’ but they never made it.

“So that last visit was them kind of fulfilling that promise,” Wi Neera says.

The All Blacks got to see Ngati Toa perform Ka Mate, followed by a deep understanding of its whakapapa, where it came from.

“I think it was a great thing. It was pretty cool that we managed to get them alone because they don’t get much time to do other stuff as a team,” Wineera said.

It was arranged months before through the team’s psychologist that Ngati Toa had time as an iwi to talk to them specifically about the history of the haka.

in post 400The All Blacks were originally scheduled to visit Ngati Toa at Takapuwahia Marae, but the visit was moved to Hongoeka Marae at the last minute due to its discrete location in Plimmerton.

Despite efforts to keep the teams visit low-key, many people were still in attendance.

Ngati Toa wanted it to be a time where the All Blacks could relax and have that time away from the public and media.

Ngati Toa Chairman Taku Parai, right, said it was about time they came.

“They’ve been doing our haka for over 100 years and have never bothered to come and learn from us.

“But at least they’ve done it and we hope to see them back here again with the Cup.

“Its good relationship building between us and the All Black team,” Parai says.

The All Blacks beat trans-Tasman rivals Australia in the final 34-17 to become the first team to retain the cup.

 

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