Thanks to the All Blacks, the Ngāti Toa haka 'Ka Mate' has become a famous expression of Māori culture. But dodgy haka attempts are widespread online, raising the issue of cultural appropriation. Seeing non-Māori casually interpret a tradition that for farmer Ngaroimata Morgan "represents us as a people...it kinda hurts a little bit". In this short film, amiable 'cultural warden' John-Perry Porter Te Anini (Hahana) chats with Morgan, three rangatahi, kaumātua Taitimu Maipi, and florist Kauri Williams about the haka's many meanings, and how Māoriculture should be approached with some research and respect.
There is something in the air and I think it might be cultural appropriation...– John-Perry Porter Te Anini