The expat drunken haka - crass or fun?
Sun, 03 Feb 2013 6:12p.m.
By Melissa Davies
Getting drunk and doing the haka outside Westminster has become an annual rite of passage for many Kiwis on their OE.
The Waitangi celebration has drawn criticism from many who say it damages Kiwis' reputation overseas.
But it's an event London police say they actually look forward to.
It wasn't exactly the weather for Waitangi, but the bitter cold was no challenge for the Kiwis.
“We are legends in the world,” says Kiwi expat Mark Dudfield. “Why not announce it?”
So announce it they did outside the houses of Parliament – a patch of land claimed by the Kiwis for an early Waitangi Day celebration.
“We're just out to celebrate being Kiwis in London,” says Kiwi expat Bryce Pettitt. “It's not a debate like it is back in New Zealand, just about celebrating being Kiwis together.”
Some looked to have celebrated a little harder than others. There were plenty of “Minties Moments”, and some who tried to take it a step too far.
But police say they had no major problems with the crowd.
“The crowd here have been fantastic, absolutely fantastic,” says Inspector Bruce Middlemiss. “There aren't many nations that can have 5000 people on a pub crawl and have no arrests. There's been no use of violence that we're aware of. It's been extremely good natured and New Zealanders should be very proud of themselves I think.”
In fact, Insp Middlemiss says many officers actually look forward to Waitangi Day and volunteer to work it.
“Obviously you don't want to get out of control because you give them a little bit more respect,” says Kiwi expat Jonathan Drew. “You’re a bit worried about keeping up the Kiwi culture here. We’re representing and they respect that, so it’s fantastic.”
But while the London Kiwis hope to have left a good impression, they also leave behind a bit of litter from the revelling.
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7/02/2013 8:23:42 a.m.
Proud Kiwi wrote:
Steve west did you actually watch the clip. Stop being a senile old piglet and take pride in the fact that 5 thousand kiwis can go on a pub crawl and the police actually enjoy policing it. NO FIGHTS, NO ARRESTS. Alot better than what they (police) have to put up with every weekend with their local football teams. Every country has their bad seeds but all and all New Zealand are pretty good and well behaved.
6/02/2013 10:12:59 p.m.
Steve West wrote:
The behaviour of many New Zealanders in the UK and Europe these days is shameful. The number of stories in London (e.g bar brawls) and from places like Croatia seem to reflect the image these people portray in the clip - drunk, loud and crass little piglets. Other nations seem to be able to celebrate their national days etc without excessive booze, litter and swearing. Thanks for making life difficult for the rest of us.
6/02/2013 12:42:51 p.m.
Ralph Waiwai wrote:
That is so much easier on the eyes and ears than the real Waitangi day "celebrations" back in NZ. The Haka was a disgrace lol
5/02/2013 11:11:33 p.m.
A guy climbing up a pole and a lingering pile of rubbish which, by the way, volunteers were organised to pick up do not sour the story. London police and expat kiwis both had no issues. Maybe Melissa was just upset she couldn't get involved. The fact of the matter is its not celebrated on Waitangi day, hence the political backdrop to the day doesn't really need a presence. It's those overseas celebrating with other kiwis away from home, as they do at Christmas and other holidays. If they're drunk so be it, they proved we aren't a bunch of idiots on the piss as some are trying to suggest. If you're worried about how kiwis in London represent our nation then perhaps get over there and change it.
5/02/2013 8:51:59 p.m.
i know these guys are just having fun,but dont disrespect our maori heritage. A haka is a war dance not a drunken dance it is a symbol of our mana, our pride you may be kiwis but u dont understand any of our maori customs.
5/02/2013 7:37:21 p.m.
Great expat fun!!! We are made to celebrate our national heritage in schools etc, but take it outside NZ and its an issue?? Least they weren't half naked and all fat and wobbly like the ones that welcome overseas dignitaries *gags*
5/02/2013 4:05:52 p.m.
Anne Senior wrote:
It's disgusting the way Kiwi's carry on in london, if Aussies done it in New Zealand there would be upraw and fights ,just like the fighting that is going to go on tomorrow, is it New Zealand Day NO as for the Haka leaves me cold, why be diffrent other countrys liken it to a joke,.... makes me cringe every time I see it Regards Anne
5/02/2013 3:47:01 p.m.
not the tidy kiwis we expect
5/02/2013 12:48:32 a.m.
Makes me cringe every time i see it.
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