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World's oldest welcome ritual

Maori dances in the New Zealand Pavilion

Maori performers will stage kapa haka, an ancient Maori dance, at the waiting area of the pavilion every day to welcome visitors.

The loud and vigorous performance involves choral singing, dancing and hand-to-hand combat movements.

Song and dance include waiata tira (warm-up song), whakaeke (entrance song), waiata-a-ringa (action song), haka (challenge), pou or moteatea (old-style singing), poi (coordinated swinging of balls attached to cords), and whakawaetae (closing song). They may include titi torea (synchronized manipulation of thin sticks).

Tip: Don’t be frightened by what might seem fierce - loud singing and vigorous dancing are signs of welcome.
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