VIDEO: Farewell haka for fallen soldiers
Tue, 28 Aug 2012 3:36p.m.
A video of a farewell haka to the three Kiwi soldiers who died this month in Afghanistan has gone viral on the internet after a tweet from CNN reporter Piers Morgan.
The haka was preformed by the Second and First Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment at Saturday’s funeral service for Corporal Luke Tamatea, 31, Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26, and Private Richard Harris, 21.
The three died when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Bamiyan Province on August 18.
The video, uploaded by the New Zealand Defence Force to website YouTube, has received more than 150,000 views from around the world.
CNN host Piers Morgan posted on Twitter, “Astounding, and deeply moving, Haka tribute to fallen comrades in Afghanistan by @NZDefenceForce”, linking the video to his more than 2.6 million followers.
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15/09/2012 10:27:30 p.m.
best haka iv heard, 2meke boys. sad it had to be for one of our own.
9/09/2012 1:16:44 p.m.
Carol Hemara wrote:
Kia Ora Robert...
WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM...
Haka is honour, our fallen comrades are deeply honoured..
Honour be to their grieving whanau too and may their hearts be healed. Arohanui xx
8/09/2012 6:23:13 p.m.
Jacqui R wrote:
This brought tears to my eyes. Whether you believe we should be in Afghanistan or not, we have to be moved by the love and respect shown by the comrades of the fallen soldiers. When I see outpourings of emotion like this, I know that I am living in the best country in the world. At times like this, nothing beats the haka. We should be proud.
5/09/2012 6:34:49 a.m.
Steve G wrote:
The hair stood up on the back of my neck. A memorable tribute to brave soldiers by brave soldiers. Well done NZ.
4/09/2012 7:24:48 p.m.
wow that was powerful
3/09/2012 8:10:16 p.m.
Peter Hindrup wrote:
I guess the term 'haka' is used loosely?
Better that NZers ask why, for what reason are we part of the occupation?
1/09/2012 9:20:56 p.m.
To all our soldiers out there and their whanau. Thank you for being there for all of us. Yes Robert, our warrior, we will not forget them and you, you and all the others who have given themselves to KEEP US safe We will remember them, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
29/08/2012 11:54:30 p.m.
Thank you so much for sharing and posting this video. Nzer's will remember this day especially the soldier's performing in the haka. To the whanau of these young soldiers, my deepest aroha to you all.
29/08/2012 6:45:53 a.m.
moving haka,nice comments robert.these soldiers are save in the hands of jesus.
29/08/2012 12:40:51 a.m.
3 Legends gone 2 soon May you all rest in Peace. To your family we feel your pain and heartache ... <3 Moe mai ra. To all of your brothers who gave you a send off so well deserved, Kia Kaha Koutou. Please take care xxx
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