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Maori Dance at Shanghai World Expo

Updated: 2010-06-02 13:13

The haka is a traditional Maori dance form. The use of haka in popular culture is a growing phenomenon, originally from New Zealand. Traditionally, haka was used only in Maori cultural contexts, but today haka is used in a wide range of public occasions to impart a sense of importance of the event.

During the Shanghai World Expo, visitors can enjoy this traditional art form at the New Zealand pavilion every day. “I just call to say ‘wo ai ni' (I love you in Chinese)” – the song at the end, along with the energetic dance itself, wins big applause from the audience.

Video: Zhang Xiao