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Five of the visiting nations for RLWC2013 have a haka that they perform before the start of a match.

We will create a tribute haka to honour and welcome each of these nations - Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga - and a Try Reading Haka to express the power of reading. 

Many of us are familiar with the world famous haka that are performed before a match by the All Blacks (New Zealand rugby union) and the Kiwis (New Zealand rugby league) teams. Rugby League World Cup 2013 will give us the opportunity to see the haka from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga as well as the New Zealand haka.

See the New Zealand haka at the Rugby League World Cup 2008 Final -

Not all haka are this scary! There are many different types of haka (it means 'dance' or song with movement).What they all have in common is the use of words and rhythm to communicate a strong spirit. We want to have a haka that demonstrates the passion for books and the power of reading. 

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