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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 29, No. 12. 1966.

VIC. Haka

VIC. Haka

So You Didn't Know that Victoria had a College haka? Well it's surprising what we find in Salient files from time to time. Here is this Maori masterpiece—Te haka o te Kareti (The haka of the college):

(Performers stand in a slight curve, so that all can see each other. There is a leader at each end. The actions are performed immediately after the word of command. The leader in his commencement gives the time and this time and rhythm are maintained throughout.)


E Pakia kia rite.

E ko te rite, kia rite.

E takahia kia ngawari.

E Torona ki waho, hoki mai.


E noho i a au nel.

I te aro aro

O nga kai-ako

O te kareti

Kia whiwhi tohunga turanga.

Kia Rite:

Wikitoria, kareti, kareti,

Tumu o te, te matauranga,

Tumu o te, te matauranga,

Tena whaia mai,

Tena whaia mai, Ha.

Ha Ha-A.

Roughly translated, the three-part haka says:

Leader: O slap, slap in unison. In unison, in unison. O stamp the feet in even time. O stretch the arms right out and bring them back right in again.

Soloist: O sitting as I have done in the presence of the high teachers of the College to secure my great professorship.

Chorus: Wikitoria, College, of College, Now then secure it all.