New Zealand Firefighters Perform A Powerful Haka in Honor of Their Fallen 9/11 Colleagues

Most of the times we see haka performed by New Zealand sports teams, and we can all agree it’s definitely a unique and very interesting dance. Many people think that haka is just a traditional Maori war dance, but it is also often used to honor a person or express collective emotion.

More than 160 New Zealand firefighters came to New York City to honor their colleagues who lost their lives in 9/11 attack. They performed a powerful and emotional haka during the annual Memorial Firefighter Stair Climb and showed a tremendous gesture of respect.

After the performance, New Zealand firefighters climbed up the 1,000-step staircase of Auckland’s Sky Tower while carrying special tags bearing the names of the fallen FDNY servicemen.

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