If you’ve seen and heard a Maori haka, you’d know what powerful and inspiring things they are.
Now, multiply what you may have experienced by a hundred, and you’ll get an idea of the effect of a thousand plus school boys giving a haka.
If the above video doesn’t raise the hair on the back of your neck, then I don’t know what would.
The 55-year-old died his sleep last week, and was widely admired among the school’s more than 1500 pupils, reported the New Zealand Herald. He taught at the school for nearly 30 years.
“The entire school performing the haka during the arrival of Mr. Tamatea in the hearse,” said the school’s YouTube account. “This was a very emotional and powerful performance. We are extremely proud of our boys’ performance and we know that Mr. Tamatea would be too.”
The haka is a traditional Maori war cry, dance, or challenge that is also used to welcome notable guests or to recognize outstanding achievements, events, or as seen in the above, funerals.
At the time of writing this post, nearly a half million people had watched the footage via YouTube. “Blown away by this, every goosebump is up, well done boys, you’ve made headlines in the U.K.,” wrote one viewer. “You guys prove that this world isn’t a bad place to raise kids. Stay strong! Respect from Holland!” wrote another.
One viewer even offered a translation of the school’s haka:
Be prepared take hold,
We of Palmerston North Boys’ High School stand steadfast,
Within our Domain,
Standing with respect,
The prestige of our school,
Our aims are to seek knowledge,
And reach our goals and aspirations,
Seek the horizon of aspirations,
And draw near to it,
Those aspirations that are near, take them,
And it be known, yes, let it be known,
Let your adrenalin abound high above,
It is done!!!