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Subdeacon Joe

New Zealand 2nd/1st send one home

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Impressive and chilling. Scary when they do it with warpaint and weapons!

Show it to the Taliban.

Ngati Tumatauenga

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And very moving, to say the least !

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WOW!!! Very moving indeed.

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Impressive, moving... So many words could describe it. What an awesome way to say farewell to one of your own.

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This is on youtube:

 

Haka is used throughout New Zealand by many, not only Māori, to demonstrate their collective thoughts. There is a haka for each of the Services, as well as the Defence Force. Units with the NZ Army have their own haka. This video shows the soldiers of 2/1 RNZIR Battalion performing their Unit haka, powerfully acknowledging the lives and feats of their fallen comrades as they come onto the Unit's parade ground. It is also an emotive farewell for they will leave via the waharoa (the carved entrance way) for the very last time.

 

Haka --sometimes termed a posture dance could also be described as a chant with actions. There are various forms of haka; some with weapons some without, some have set actions others may be 'free style.' Haka is used by Māori (indigenous people of New Zealand) for a myriad of reasons; to challenge or express defiance or contempt, to demonstrate approval or appreciation, to encourage or to discourage, to acknowledge feats and achievements, to welcome, to farewell, as an expression of pride, happiness or sorrow. There is almost no inappropriate occasion for haka; it is an outward display of inner thoughts and emotions. Within the context of an occasion it is abundantly clear which emotion is being expressed.

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Too many rules and inappropreate firearms (bloody 5.56 - where is a sniper rifle when ya need it!). We even had to borrow Hummvees off you guys!

 

We will remember our boys.

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Too many rules and inappropreate firearms (bloody 5.56 - where is a sniper rifle when ya need it!). We even had to borrow Hummvees off you guys!

 

We will remember our boys.

Was the departed a sniper? I noticed the sniper moving ahead of the procession in full Ghillie suit with rifle. Didn't look like a 5.56.

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