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Biggest Losers Perform a Maori Haka War Chant

Sione, Filipe and Mike perform a war chant before the weigh-in.

Before the week 10 weigh-in, the Sione, Filipe and Mike of the black team performed a traditional Maori Haka dance and war chant. Inspiring their teammates? Defending against competitors? Either way, it was welcome entertainment by all.

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Arihia

Thats a maori Haka, i was just watching it on TV. Those boys could have at least aknowledge maori culture aswell. You can never take a haka and call it tongan.?

posted Sep 10th, 2011 7:35 am


The Real

i'm sori but i gosta keep it real styles wit' yall... we Tongans is perpetratin' Maori's wit' that haka nonsense n it's goin' on everywhere no that foolz startin' to think it's a Tongan thang... it ain't in the Tongan history that we did the haka... but we did have war dances... so why can't we just stikk to our Tongan war dances n stop bitin' on New Zealand culture... what... we ain't got nuttin' as fierce as the haka or are we gon' start swingin' poi balls nex'??

posted Jun 12th, 2011 10:04 am


Tee

Wow i dont know what to say, that haka had nothing to do with Tonga, the words are all maori and it is the EXACT haka performed by NZs sport team etc, i think it is cool it was on the biggest loser but there is a certain pride and history that goes with the haka (which is also why i hate seeing the haka being performed by kiwis just for the hell of it) i would like to know where they learnt it from tho, kinda weird..

posted Jun 30th, 2010 5:11 am


CJ

The guys know this is a New Zealand Maori haka. The language is not Tongan.

It is great to see they used the New Zealand Maori haka in part to encourage and empower them to successfully to attain there goal.

Well done.

posted Jun 28th, 2010 6:22 pm


Tukz

Just thought id let ya all know that this is a MAORI HAKA. Maori are the indigenous people from New Zealand and the Haka is a war dance performed by our ancestors. Tongans, Samoans, Fijians and many other pacific island people have their own versions of war dance but this particular haka is from New Zealand.

It can be found on youtube performed by our national rugby team the All Blacks on youtube.

posted Jun 1st, 2010 3:37 am


LAVII

it doesn't matter if it is a tongan or non-tongan haka. all it matters is that they brought peoples attentions...atleast they had represented something if its' maouri, tongan, samoan or hawiian to me it's a POLYNESIAN dance because all of these cultures dances it.

posted Apr 7th, 2010 4:11 am


tongansav

im tongan man...tongan pride!!!1 great job...you too mike

posted Feb 3rd, 2010 1:50 am


JamieRoseA

I love how they did this!

posted Nov 10th, 2009 11:04 am


John W

A lot of people keep saying 'it's not Tongan'. I suppose I'm a stateside twit for trusting the two Tongan decended guys on the show as to what is Tongan? I'm guessing it was taught to them by another Tongan decended person who also was taught it was Tongan. Maybe they aren't the ones who need to check thier facts. If you care to look up Tongan rugby you'll see they do this haka.

posted Jun 3rd, 2009 7:24 pm



Dreama Gibson Lopez

Best season so far!

posted May 23rd, 2009 12:33 pm


Betty

I'm going to miss them next season. This was the most awesome season to date!

posted May 12th, 2009 10:22 pm


Charlie

It was Cool =)

posted May 11th, 2009 1:11 pm


lauren mancini

i liked that dance! its a little funny but i know that is seonie and filipies culture.

i love you mikem and ron morelli, im your cousin! you know my dad kenneth mancini and his mother mary mancini.

by the way, you and your father looked sharpe at the movie premiere!



<3 LAUREN MANCINI



p.s. tell everyone they are doing great and looked astinguishing at the movie premiere!!!!!!!!! <3 lauren! by the way, i am 10 years old, if you come home from the show with your dad you will get a special suprize! <3 u!

posted Apr 18th, 2009 8:59 am


lauren mancini

i liked that dance! its a little funny but i know that is seonie and filipies culture.
i love you mikem and ron morelli, im your cousin! you know my dad kenneth mancini and his mother mary mancini.
by the way, you and your father looked sharpe at the movie premiere!

<3 LAUREN MANCINI

p.s. tell everyone they are doing great and looked astinguishing at the movie premiere!!!!!!!!! <3 lauren! by the way, i am 10 years old, if you come home from the show with your dad you will get a special suprize! <3 u!

posted Apr 18th, 2009 8:58 am


leah

Mike is my cousin and (obviously) Ron is my uncle and I thought that was pretty exciting!

posted Apr 8th, 2009 4:13 pm



Brandi

Thank you all for the feedback re: the video. We just received clarification via Sione that this is indeed a "Maori Haka" dance, and not a Tongan. We appreciate all of you calling this to our attention.

posted Mar 30th, 2009 2:26 pm


peter

being from new zealand and part maori myself, i didnt think it was too bad. they got the words mostly right, and the actions arent really set in stone, they can change according to the performers preference.i wish they gave credit where it's due though, cause really it's insulting to both tongan and maori to get it wrong when a simple wikipedia search can get the right result

posted Mar 30th, 2009 8:53 am


Nick

I am offended by this :P IT isn't Tongan!

posted Mar 29th, 2009 6:24 pm


Jasmine

Correction. The Haka performed was quite good. The ignorance lies with this website reporting.

posted Mar 26th, 2009 1:10 pm


Jasmine

Yes Nicola. How annoying to see the ignorance and to see something precious to Kiwi's being disrespected. Why on earth would you American's imitate something from another country when you're not sure what you're even doing?
Respect and education.

posted Mar 26th, 2009 1:06 pm



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