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Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi Troops

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27 August 2012

On 19 August an IED strike took the lives of three New Zealand troops in Afghanistan.  Lost were Corporal Luke Tamatea, 31, Private Richard Harris, 21, and Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26, medic.

Jacinda was the first New Zealand female killed in Afghanistan.  The strike occurred in Bamiyan Province which has become increasingly dangerous.  Two Kiwi troops were killed there earlier this month.  In the past, Bamiyan has been touted as a vacation spot during the war, with regular flights into the region.

The New Zealand Defence Force released the following video of hundreds of troops performing a Maori funeral Haka at the Burnham Military Camp near Christchurch:

"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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    JonW · 6 years ago
    Video says it cant be embedded. Can someone give a regular link to it?
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      Duke-Jinx · 6 years ago
      To embed
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      Ray Ex-RAN · 6 years ago
      I have saved this one in respect for the fallen.
      May Newzealand and Australia always remember the sacrifices made by our people. 'Lest We Forget'.

      I use Real Player (free download)it enables saving U tube video.
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        ABNMILTC · 6 years ago
        [quote name="Ray Ex-RAN"]I have saved this one in respect for the fallen.
        May Newzealand and Australia always remember the sacrifices made by our people. 'Lest We Forget'.

        I use Real Player (free download)it enables saving U tube video.[/quote]

        I keep this website up all the time. Depending on what I am doing, I look at it quite often. Tears all the time.

        Thanks Australia and New Zealand for your support to our troops and worldly cause.
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    robin yatess · 6 years ago
    extreme respect to more good men dying needlessly for what???
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      ironargonaut · 6 years ago
      Freedom, and to protect my children from the craven animals who have sworn to kill to kill my children if they ever get the chance. I pray these brave soldiers succeed for I love my children dearly. And, I thank them profusely.
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      Shea Brown · 6 years ago
      Yes, exactly. More brave fellows dying for what? The service in the video was heart wrenching for sure,, and primitive. Were the motives for occupation examined as powerfully as their mourning, perhaps there might be no loss of life at all. Afghanistan needs lap tops so their children can learn to read and write without being murdered on their way to school. We should be concentrating on the education of the Afghan kids if we really want to help Afghanistan, and occupying that land will never be a valid option. Troops are there now because a natural gas pipeline is planned to run natural gas from the Caspian Sea to India. Would these troops have given their lives for a gas pipeline? Concentrate of the education of the children,, it is already too late for the men who believe in murder now.
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        Henry Wood · 6 years ago
        There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.
        This is neither the time nor place for political soapboxing. Shame on you.
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        ironargonaut · 6 years ago
        Your an idiot. How is giving a child a laptop going to prevent them from being murdered on their way to school? A school that has no electricity. You don't give a damn about children. If you did you would realize it is the Taliban that we are fighting that burns down schools, and kill teachers. It's the Taliban that kill girls who seek an education. It is Al-queada that told there followers that if they ever get the chance to kill my children.
        The fact that you think the Taliban would lets us educate the Afghan children shows your ignorance.
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        Bill Lester · 6 years ago
        You are a fool wrapped in righteous ignorance. Even IF there was sufficient infrastructure to power those lap tops, they wouldn't last long once the tribal elders deem them the tools of The Great Satan. Not only will those children lose those computers, they'd probably lose the hands that touched Crusader technology.

        I won't even comment on the idiocy of your pipeline pipe dream.
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        William James · 6 years ago
        Spoken like the true craven coward that you are. Laptops? These people we are fighting don't know what century this is. As long as they can murder with impunity and enforce their perverse version of Islam they don't care. As long as others fight and die so you can be safe to spew your liberal garbage the world is all right. Try opening a school for boys and girls in Afghanistan with your precious laptops and I will pay for your ticket. And the box they send your head home in!
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          Shea Brown · 6 years ago
          Okay brave lap top warriors, I will address your criticisms. Number one, I'm no coward. Just take my word for it, or the words of a few good friends. Number two,, the "lap tops" suggestion,, or individually ,perhaps, hand crank learning devices for the children is originally from an Afghan man who told me that the children are murdered on their way to school. These would be a possible alternative for attending a physical school,, especially for young girls. The girls learn to read, they teach their children, and all of a sudden, ( twenty years later,) you have a country that is not 14% literate. Number three,, are they murdering to enforce their own perverted views of Islam, or to rid their country of an unwanted occupier? Men wiser than I have concluded that a military occupation of Afghanistan makes no sense at all. Number four,, read what Pepe Escobar has researched very well about the pipeline coming down from Azerbaijan. Coward huh? Were we having this conversation face to face you might not be so quick to insult me. I've been beaten up enough to know that I'm no coward !! Your ideas for Afghanistan suggest more waste and bloodshed, I'm just trying to offer up alternatives, in order to save a few lives, and save billions of dollars.Me go? Unlike you,, I absolutely know that I have no business being there. Funny isn't it,, a man calling another man a coward from the comfort of his desk. I know the world needs intelligent soldiers,, and that is why I hate to see them wasted on useless missions.
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            Bob Hancock · 6 years ago
            Without any chest thumping may I offer Greg Mortensen and the Central Asia Institute here: http://www.ikat.org/

            Not occupiers but people trying to help people specializing in educating children especially girls. They still are killed and the girls have acid thrown at them. Not a troop in sight. Anyway, go to the site and read all about it, maybe put your money (they take donations) where your mouths are.

            And may I offer the fact that the Taliban were killing people with their own perverse version of Sharia long before the west got there. It's a stink hole of murder and abuse. If you wanna know what Sharia does to women, read Ayaan Hirsi Ali's "Infidel". She tells about it from the inside and is one of the most brilliant women you will ever read.

            Should we be there? Can't say. We've helped them try to come out of the stone age and the weak of will are inclined to give up early. I hate the sacrifices made but applaud the effort. (Hey....I have two sides to my mouth....might as well use 'em both. )
            Peace.
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            pete · 6 years ago
            Shea Brown, You seem to love to post, but also show you have little if any idea of what has been going on in the Middle East since the inception of islam.

            In many of those countries women (girls) are barred from learning by their religion, and most boys, if they are not members of the rich and famous classes, are left to their own means.

            Why is it, in every mob scene that has been shown on TV since 9-11-01 there are no rich or middle class people in the crowds? Because there are only two classes - the very very rich and the very very poor.
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            Alan Dempsey · 6 years ago
            Shea, I'm using my full name so you know I'm no coward, as you did. You are no coward, but you are a fool, however intelligent. You've have bheen fooled into thinking that the Taleban are not your problem. They are majority Pakistani, Saudi and Yemeni, just FYI. They have no business in Afghanistan that they don't have in NZ either. And yes, they have vowed to kill all infidel, everywhere. Give them a base and that's all it will be. The girls are being murdered by the Taleban. So are the men and women and boys. It is a death cult, plain and simple...with global ambitions. Give them a national structure (ie Afghanistan) and they will again threaten the world of free thought, free will and modernism. That's a cause worth fighting. Without meaning to insult you, if you wish to enjoy all of these freedoms, but aren't willing to defend them, you are too, a coward, and a leech. If you wish to enjoy them and are conversely prepared to defend them, then you are a true and proper citizen of the world. The price of liberty is extreme vigilance.
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        Art · 6 years ago
        This guy sounds like Ron Paul that thinks that if you leave them alone you are safe. He needs to get back under his rock.
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        Buddy Whatley · 6 years ago
        [quote name="Shea Brown"]Yes, exactly. More brave fellows dying for what? The service in the video was heart wrenching for sure,, and primitive. Were the motives for occupation examined as powerfully as their mourning, perhaps there might be no loss of life at all. Afghanistan needs lap tops so their children can learn to read and write without being murdered on their way to school. We should be concentrating on the education of the Afghan kids if we really want to help Afghanistan, and occupying that land will never be a valid option. Troops are there now because a natural gas pipeline is planned to run natural gas from the Caspian Sea to India. Would these troops have given their lives for a gas pipeline? Concentrate of the education of the children,, it is already too late for the men who believe in murder now.[/quote]

        what use is it to give a laptop to a child until that child is safe? and that's why these soldiers are there... you think pipelines, they think people and that's why they are being honored!
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        James Vinci · 6 years ago
        As a US citizen and now a retired US soldier who has seen the carnage of war, please know Shea Brown, that we voluntarily do what we do to give you the freedom to express your sentiments (skewed as they may be). I do not believe that you would be so naive that you actually believe some of the statements that you have made. Are you aware of all that our coalition troops are doing in terms of building and supplying schools or providing security form the Taliban so that young girls can attend school? I would like to thank all of the Kiwis who join us in support of freedom and honor those soldiers who have paid the ultimate price for freedom and the safety of those who cherish that freedom!
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          PAJ · 6 years ago
          Thank you Col. Unfortunately the blissfully ignorant like "shea" and his ilk, will never know why we serve, and so many of us have done so around the world.
          I cannot give any specifics other than to say the following is about my son, and to say more would break OpSec.
          G was out on a patrol (mounted) with his CO, and while the CO was talking with village leaders, he was one of the guards of the vehicles. After a little while, a girl of about 7-10 years old, came out and stood watching him. He smiled at her and she back at him. She went back into her home, and brought out a dull pencil, handing it to him. He took his knife out and sharpened the pencil for her, giving it back. She then went back in, and returned after a little bit. She did this several times, before coming out, and sitting at his feet, doing what looked like homework. Every time she needed her pencil sharpened, she handed it to him.
          After she finished her homework (for lack of a better term), she brought out some paper for drawing. She then sat next to where he was standing, drawing, and handing her dull pencil to him to sharpen. I do not know if they left or she was done first. But this young Marine did more good for showing why we are there, than all the detractors have in 20 years.
          My son told me of the disrespect the boys showed, and the thanks from village elders. He told me how they had to sit and watch the girls eat what they were given, or see the boys beat them up and steal it (something I have heard from EVERYBODY that served in the Persian Gulf).
          I have also heard many times from both reservists and active duty of all branches, the thanks for building schools, wells, and protecting them from the terrorists that are called Al Qaida and the Taliban. And we now see them spreading across the world, striking in every location that we used to have to fight "communists". They are not peaceful or loving. They are TERRORISTS pure and simple.
          I do not know how many countries are involved in Afghanistan, or that were involved in Iraq, although I remember hearing a figure of at least 30 - certainly not a "US war"! The same was true in Vietnam and Korea - there were many countries trying to help the peace loving to stay free.
          I know that there will be hate spewed at anyone who does not agree with their left wing ideals, and I will be the object of that same filth. However nobody can learn to read or eat if they are enslaved by the fanatics who spout fatwa (sp?) against fredom, females learning to read or even just walking in a public place by themselves.
          Thank you to the families of all who have paid the ultimate price. All of us who have served, regardless of what branch, and most of our allied nations, understand what "Serving" means. And those who have not, will not understand why this Haka, Taps, and the Military funeral detail means so much.
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      Proton · 6 years ago
      [quote name="John F Welch"]Thank you Michael Yon for all that you do.New Zealand is a true ally.It is not easy to be our friend today but that will soon be changed god willing.[/quote]

      [quote name="robin yatess"]extreme respect to more good men dying needlessly for what???[/quote]
      Good men and women... politics aside there is no greater sacrifice then to lay down ones life for freedom...
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      Buddy Whatley · 6 years ago
      [quote name="robin yatess"]extreme respect to more good men dying needlessly for what???[/quote]

      do you know anything worth dying for? if not, then you don't know anything worth living for!
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      pete · 6 years ago
      To protect their freedom to do their Haka instead of having to chose between kissing carpet and being beheaded.

      Oh, and for you freedom to make posts showing your self-centered ignorance.
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      patrick johnston · 6 years ago
      For Robin Yatess: See "Ironargonaut" for the answer to your question!! I have a question for you; have you ever worn the uniform of your country?? These men and women know about Honor, Valor, Duty and Love of Country! They are in such a hell hole because their country asked them to go there to provide its people with a chance of a better life; get it!!!
      Patrick
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    Henry Wood · 6 years ago
    Thank you for this link, Michael. The tears were certainly flowing here. May their God watch over them.
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    Bill Dettmer · 6 years ago
    I've seen the Haka done for a number of different occasions. I was prepared to find it inappropriate for such a solemn occasion. I was wrong. It was as emotional for me, watching this Haka, as watching our traditional military funerals with Taps and the flag ceremony. Thank you for sharing this...
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    RichGroen · 6 years ago
    As a New Zealander and someone who has followed your dispatches for a number of years, I'd just like to say thank you for sharing this Michael. We are a small country, somewhat isolated from the world stage, however events like this make us keenly aware that wars affect us all and are not just nightly clips on the evening news.
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    Yi · 6 years ago
    I have em.
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    Traci · 6 years ago
    Wow!!! Thank you Michael! What a display of honor and love! I couldn't imagine how it felt to be there. The tears were flowing.
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    John F Welch · 6 years ago
    Thank you Michael Yon for all that you do.New Zealand is a true ally.It is not easy to be our friend today but that will soon be changed god willing.
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    Budster · 6 years ago
    Instant, uncontrollable tears.
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    Matthew · 6 years ago
    :cry:
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    Bob Hancock · 6 years ago
    from the US. I was not aware of the NZ haka tradition before now. How powerful it is to honor those who have fallen, regardless of the politics that send them into harms way. I too question the politics, but grieve for the lost lives of these warriors, and honor their memory.
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    Jon E · 6 years ago
    Thank you for sharing this. Ceremony and symbolism are extremely undervalued in our culture, unfortunately. It is inspiring to to see them in such a collective display of honor.
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      Mary Dixon · 6 years ago
      I've been very interested in "haka" for a while now and know what can be wrapped up in the actions and what we hear. It chills me to see them do this and can wish if they'd do such a thing for me someday. It is a force to reckon with, the unity, strength, the chant of a group of warriors no matter what we might fight against and wherever it is in Afghanistan or against cancer. I am a warrior and appreciate what the Kiwis do and I know it is from their hearts and spirits! Anyone that doesn't know or understand what haka represents needs to do some research.
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    Jim Rotramel · 6 years ago
    but, I'd love to know what they were chanting.
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    Tom Phillips · 6 years ago
    This brought tear to my eyes, such an intense form of communication. What an impressive and meaningful way to pay tribute and say goodbye to your soldiers, sailors, and respected fellow warriors. Bravo Zulu, and appreciation for your sacrifice.

    Thanks for sharing Michael
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    Tim Johnson · 6 years ago
    That was hard to watch...Taliban, you have been warned.
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    Proton · 6 years ago
    This brought a tear to my eye and made the hair stand up on the back of my head as it always does.

    Kura Takahi Puni is the unit haka for 2/1 RNZIR. The woman who died was the first NZ Defence Force woman to die in combat since Vietnam.

    Kura Takahi Puni is the motto for the Battalion meaning 'We are Ready'

    At the going down of the sun and in the mornning ...'We will remember them'
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    John Neville · 6 years ago
    Thank you Mike. Very beautiful and primal. everyone should see this. God bless them and carry them home.
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    Steven Clark · 6 years ago
    Powerful. Tears. Thank you.
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    Drew Shaw · 6 years ago
    That was a beautiful way to bid farewell to these Kiwi soldiers - so much more meaningful than the Christian mumbo-jumbo which people are (rightly) increasingly discarding. Honour and respect from a Commonwealth brother-in-arms.
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      Bob Hancock · 6 years ago
      how do you know Jacinda wasn't a Christian?
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      andrei · 6 years ago
      Christian mumbo-jumbo???? I haven't discarded it... if YOU do, you'll face the consequences.
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      LongArm · 5 years ago
      I am a Canadian and I am not a Christian but who am I to judge the send-off to eternity given one's comrades? There is no "better" way to say goodbye. When I pass, if some part of me can watch those who mourn me, I will be honoured no matter the language of faith used. There is nothing small in this honest expression, nothing that bears criticism, irrespective of faith.

      I am not a soldier but I recognise their value as people and their contribution and their sacrifice. It is right that they be honoured, no matter the way.
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    Michael Tank · 6 years ago
    This is not the time or the place to discuss your political views, take it to the countless other sites on the net, but here pay your respects to these Warriors or just watch, listen and remain silent in their Honor.

    Semper Fidelis
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      Buddy Whatley · 6 years ago
      [quote name="Michael Tank"]This is not the time or the place to discuss your political views, take it to the countless other sites on the net, but here pay your respects to these Warriors or just watch, listen and remain silent in their Honor.

      Semper Fidelis[/quote]

      Amen brother! It seems to me that the sickest people in our world are those who "kick" the dead?!
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    Branch · 6 years ago
    Stop with the politics and watch this for what it is - a Warriors Farewell to a Warrior. A moving and beautiful ceremony.

    Any political comments should be expressed at the ballot box, not here.
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    Steve · 6 years ago
    New Zealand as a nation is but a spec in the ocean but has produced some of the fiercest, most respected fighting units of the major wars in the last century. These days they are mostly tasked with providing support at non op levels but make no mistake, a country that can send more than 10% of its population to fight in WW1 suffering a 58% casualty rate (the highest per capita of any country involved)and then send a similar number into WW2 with a ratio of 6684 dead per million says a lot about them as a nation. As small as they are I would not want to challenge them face to face as they do not back down, I know a number of Kiwis, they are your best friends until you make them your enemy...

    What a great tribute to their warriors and it goes a little way to showing how deep their passion and commitment is.
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      Lee · 6 years ago
      Amazing farewell. Brought a spirit of bonding to my heart for the fallen.
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    ABK · 6 years ago
    Thanks Michael. Onward my brothers and sisters, Kia Kaha to the families and loved ones.
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    Darren Stewart · 6 years ago
    To brave New Zealanders who honour fought and passed - Thanks and great sorrow. To others who honour their friends and collegues, I am sorry for your loss.
    To fight for the freedom of others is the greatest gift people can give. Is there a higher calling?
    I watch the video, And my thought is that the Taliban, and the misguided who come across these men who perhaps may return, will wish they did not.
    The men serve in the great tradition of the New Zealanders. To honour words of the past ""Nothing daunted these intrepid fighters: to them nothing was impossible."". From the Anzac and Sinai campaigns, through to storming of Messines Ridge and the capture of the village of Messines, Passchendaele, Somme, which threatened Amiens. And Greece, Crete, North Africa, Italy, and Yugoslavia. In human modern History, Zea Zealanders fight in Freedoms name, and under Freedoms banner.
    I am aware of the dour Afgan situation, and where it may end up. But these mens efforts should not be downplayed, and should always hold our respect. They go now to their forefathers, whom now they now join and share in deep gratitude for their ultimate sacrifice.
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    Buck Bradley · 6 years ago
    This goes to Shea Brown. If you are so concerned about the Afghani's then pack your crap and get on a plane to that God-forsaken country. In other words, put your money where your mouth is. People like you get all warm and fuzzy over the idea of helping folks like the Afghani's yet you are totally clueless about these people and what the good people are up against. People like you just make me sick.
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    joe · 6 years ago
    Rest in peace at the going down of the sun we will remember you.Respect from the UK.
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    Jerry Zimmermann · 6 years ago
    Thank you soldiers for your faithful and dedicated service to your great country, helping to preserve the freedom and liberties we have come to expect and enjoy!Rest easy my Warriors, your mission is complete! My sincere condolences to the family and friends of these Heroes, may God bless you and comfort you during this difficult time!!
    Rest In Eternal Peace!!!

    Jerry Zimmermann
    US Army First Sargeant (Retired)
    Encino, California
    Proud Member of the Patriot Guard Riders
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    Mij Turnbull · 6 years ago
    I am so moved by this beautiful farewell to three fallen comrades. Needless wars take innocent people and brave warriors. Thank you for sharing this with the world .... my love, thanks and gods blessings to all you brave soldiers out there.... xxx
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    Jeanie Greer · 6 years ago
    I can't tell you how many times I have watched this video. It is so full of emotion, respect and honor. As an American, we here know all to well the grief and anger associated with the loss of such brave and giving young men and women. Such a moving demonstration given by these Maoris is unforgettable and I am thankful that you allowed the rest of the World to view it.
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    virgil kappes · 6 years ago
    :sad: the loss of one's mate...but very impressive cermony...god bless
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    Newell Swartz · 6 years ago
    First let me congratulate all members of the KIWI. You are an awesome group of men and women and it would have been my honor to have served with you. As for laptops, who serves them or the programs they would use. Having served in Vietnam,I don't believe any modern convience would serve the local people as much as their own teacher even in a one room hut. If you don't have the freedom to go to a school, who really believes you would have the freedom to use a laptop. It just makes you easier to pick off one by one. Plus the detailed instructions on how to use one are gained how?
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    Dennis Roberts · 6 years ago
    I have watched this video several times, each time i have tears running down my face. I have never seen so much out poor of feelings of love and respect for a fallen soldier. The spirit of those doing the haka seems to fill the air around them,the words and movements come from deep within each mans heart. Through it all I see and hear love for the fallen. I am so moved inside myself i feel any more writing could never express how i feel. I want to thank you for sharing with the outside world your warrior traditions. I to am sadden by the loss of life that is happening all over the world. I am Native American and Danish, born into the warrior clan. When a member of the tribe dies we have to lay them to rest the way the white Government says we should. Even today the Government watches us all the time. I respect your freedom and the way you honer your fellow soldiers. HO it is so
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    Buck Rogers · 6 years ago
    If you haven't served a day or have been a family member of somebody serving in the military you will never know what sacrifice really is. Shea, you can complain all you want because better people than you gave you that right.

    You're welcome.

    But seriously, your comments are similar to the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church. There's a time and place for everything. This ain't the time and this ain't the place, sweetheart.

    To our eternal friends, the Kiwis, thanks for your support.

    Airborne
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    Vigilant Van Guard · 6 years ago
    * Farewell Heroes!

    * We ALL Salute You!

    * We ALL Cherish the memory of your names!

    * We ARE deeply moved by your selfless sacrifice!

    * Blessings upon your loved ones .... ALL the days of their lives!

    “Kia Kaha, Kia Toa, kia manawanui,
    ko te Atua to tatou piringa,
    ko tatou kaha." >
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    Bob Peterson · 6 years ago
    Awesome !!! As a Viet Nam vet I can say
    I truly admire, respect and love these
    guys. We can be proud of the Kiwis as
    our friends and allies. Their service
    is a gift to all of God's children and transcends all politics.

    Volens et Potens
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    Ron Green · 6 years ago
    To the Citizens of New Zealand: Your loss and pain is shared around the world. As one who served in the Infantry for 30 years in the US Army--- no farewell for a fallen comrade that I participated in equalled this. With respect
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    Fred Romero · 6 years ago
    This brought a tear to my eye, and I'm an old US Marine way past my prime. Glad to see the warrior spirit is still alive and well in New Zealand, may the souls of these brave men rest in peace.
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    John House · 6 years ago
    My most fervent prayer for those I leave behind, is that they not waste any time mourning my passing, but rather celebrate whatever they can find of my life to celebrate, even if it's just that I'm gone! 8)
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    P Cox · 6 years ago
    What a moving tribute given to these soldiers. To see a haka performed with such strength, meaning and love behind it brings tears that won't stop. Thank you...
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    Jack Rampias · 6 years ago
    AHOU! AHOU!

    MAORIS WARRIORS ALL.
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    DAVID L · 6 years ago
    This was a wonderfull vidio god bless them all
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    Praetorian Guard · 6 years ago
    To my brothers in arms, may you now rest in our Lord's arms & know that each and every time we raise a glass, your names will be on our lips. When our time comes, light a fire for us so that we may find our way to camp. Hooah !!
    "Si vos non agro pro quispiam, Vos intero nusquam" If you don't live for something, you die fon nothing !
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    Marc · 6 years ago
    First, Thank You New Zealand for standing by us. Your friendship means more than I could ever write. My Grandfather served alongside the ANZAC's in WWII and had nothing but high praise for them. As for the Haka, seeing it brought tears to my eyes and seeing New Zealander's of ALL colors made them flow even more freely. The world could learn from you. Your sacrifices will not be forgotten.
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    Veronica Murphy · 6 years ago
    I am ashamed to say, I did not even realise New Zealand had troops in Afghanistan fighting this bloody war!!! Please forgive me. My heart goes out to all those beautiful people from NZ who have died fighting a war that has nothing to do with them. Please accept my sincerest apologies, and accept my sincerest condolences. x x
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    George · 6 years ago
    This about Honor, Respect, Integrity, being Responsible enough to Commit to a Duty that might require all.
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    Ronnie · 6 years ago
    Awesomely inspiring Video. RIP all fallen ANZACS
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    Jerry Zimmermann · 6 years ago
    This is probably the 10th time I've watched this! Still brings a tear to this old soldiers eyes!!!
    GOD BLESS THE KIWI SOLDIERS!!!
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!!
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    Henry Wood · 6 years ago
    The more I watch this video the more hope it gives me for the future. It is a Unit haka celebrating the lives and acknowledging the departures of three warriors as they leave their old comrades via the "Waharoa" [the carved entrance] for the final time.

    They now go to who knows where?

    At the same time, at [b]THE VERY SAME TIME[/b]! The whole service is celebrated by Maoris and non-Maoris together.

    An Anglican priest appears to lead the procession from the Parade Ground to maybe Valhalla, the Happy Hunting Ground, or whatever it may be termed by the celebrants.

    And that is the great difference we must always remember! [b]That is the altogether dividing difference which puts us on the other side of the fence to those who carried out the murders of these three soldiers.[/b]

    Every one of the soldiers on that parade ground is celebrating the [b]*life*[/b] of their late comrades.

    NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THOSE SOLDIERS IS A CELEBRANT OF THE *DEATH* OF THEIR COMRADES, and "praying" and "wishing" that the dead "will arrive in paradise" to be met by who knows what?

    And, QUITE SIMPLY, that is what makes us different to the people who killed these soldiers:

    [i][b]We celebrate life.[/b][/i]

    [i][b]They celebrate death.[/b][/i]

    [b]We are not filled with hate. We are filled with love.[/b]
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    Fortes Fortuna Juvat · 6 years ago
    [quote name="Veronica Murphy"]I am ashamed to say, I did not even realise New Zealand had troops in Afghanistan fighting this bloody war!!! Please forgive me. My heart goes out to all those beautiful people from NZ who have died fighting a war that has nothing to do with them. Please accept my sincerest apologies, and accept my sincerest condolences. x x[/quote]
    Veronica, our major role in Afghanistan is as a Provincial Reconstruction Team. The job is to attempt to provide the amenities we take for granted to the local populace. Roads, water, schools etc. We see people in need and are responding to that need in the best way we know how. Our soldiers in that Reconstruction Team are armed for self defence. The Taliban have seen the stability in the area our soldiers are working in and have targeted them even though they know we are due to leave in a few short months. We know why we are there, we want to be there for the people and I am sure the boys and girls on the ground would not have it any other way. With that in mind I thank you for your condolences but not your apologies. It has something to do with us - it has something to do with humanity as a whole.
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    Arvid · 6 years ago
    For me watching the Maori 'haka' is a tremendous gift. For me it was the witnessing of the uninhibited fierce pledging to the fallen that the fallen have an eternal place in the hearts, minds and souls of their warrior comrades. Being able to be a part of the haka, if only as an observer,is amazing. As the world changes, and hopefully for the better, through the sacrifices of many I pray we don't lose the wisedom of the ways and traditional practices of all cultures, including the Maori anscestors.
    I promise to live the rest of my life with more respect for the ways of others.
    What will you do?
    Arvid

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