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Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi Troops

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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+27 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsJonW 2012-08-28 08:20
Video says it cant be embedded. Can someone give a regular link to it?
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+8 # RE: RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsDuke-Jinx 2012-09-02 21:03
To embed
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+16 # Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsRay Ex-RAN 2012-09-05 06:22
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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+2 # RetiredABNMILTC 2012-09-18 19:29
Quoting 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.


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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-82 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi Troopsrobin yatess 2012-08-28 14:01
extreme respect to more good men dying needlessly for what???
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+81 # RE: RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi Troopsironargonaut 2012-08-28 17:46
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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-119 # RE: RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsShea Brown 2012-08-28 18:00
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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+118 # Shame on you, SheaHenryWood 2012-08-28 18:12
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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+84 # RE: RE: RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi Troopsironargonaut 2012-08-28 18:16
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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+67 # RE: RE: RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsBill Lester 2012-08-28 21:44
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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+50 # CowardWilliam James 2012-08-28 22:42
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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-72 # RE: CowardShea Brown 2012-08-28 23:18
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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+39 # Ah you guysBob Hancock 2012-08-28 23:37
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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+22 # RE: RE: Cowardpete 2012-08-31 20:29
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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+6 # Alan DempseyAlan Dempsey 2012-09-28 05:10
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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+16 # Mr.Art 2012-08-29 23:33
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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+19 # Marketplace ChaplainBuddy Whatley 2012-08-31 15:52
Quoting 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.


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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+37 # ColonelJames Vinci 2012-09-04 14:29
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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+25 # What we are really doingPAJ 2012-09-08 17:49
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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+21 # AshamedMaitland Knott 2012-09-08 01:50
What a venue to pick to air your gross misunderstandin g of the Afghan situation! Those of us who have experienced this awesome country - and it's issues - recognize your comments for what they are.
I'm not a Kiwi - but am deeply moved by this clip.
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-2 # RE: RE: RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi Troopskfccanada 2012-09-19 01:30
[quote name="Shea Brown"]Afghanis tan 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.

Honestly, the responsibility for educating Afghani children rests with their parents..includ ing the supply of laptops. Perhaps, if their parents stopped focussing on the production and sale of opium and spent as much time on their kids as on their poppy fields, the country would have the future you advocate.

To state that thousands of troops are in Afghanistan to protect a future gas pipeline makes a mockery of their supreme sacrifices to date. It is not the responsibility of the free world to bring the peoples of Afghanistan into the modern century. They simply do not want to be in it;they seem to prefer their old customs and to kill at the drop of a hat to protect them.

I, for one, say bring ALL our troops home and allow those people to manage their own affairs as they see fit.

It is supremely heartbreaking to watch this video and I'm sure most of those troops were on the brink of tears even while performing a ritual that sounds ferocious. My deeepest condolences to all of them.
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+2 # Bob OzBob Osbeck 2013-11-05 02:14
Shea Brown, I would strongly encourage you to shut your ignorant mouth. Unless you've been to Afghanistan, stepped outside friendly lines, and put your very life on the line then you don't deserve to open your ignorant cock holster and preach about right and wrong in a foreign land. Show a little respect for those that have paid with their lives, their limbs and their blood, by not using a memorial for fallen warriors to stand on your soap box and speak about that which you couldn't possibly understand.
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+20 # RE: RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsProton 2012-08-29 02:26
Quoting 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.


Quoting robin yatess:
extreme respect to more good men dying needlessly for what???

Good men and women... politics aside there is no greater sacrifice then to lay down ones life for freedom...
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+12 # PastorBuddy Whatley 2012-08-31 15:49
Quoting robin yatess:
extreme respect to more good men dying needlessly for what???


do you know anything worth dying for? if not, then you don't know anything worth living for!
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+21 # RE: RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi Troopspete 2012-08-31 20:22
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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+8 # mr.patrick johnston 2012-09-11 17:24
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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+25 # Truly soul stirringHenryWood 2012-08-28 14:09
Thank you for this link, Michael. The tears were certainly flowing here. May their God watch over them.
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+40 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsBill Dettmer 2012-08-28 14:35
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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+46 # MrRichGroen 2012-08-28 14:38
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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+17 # goosebumpsYi 2012-08-28 14:44
I have em.
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+26 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsTraci 2012-08-28 14:45
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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+32 # LtCol USAF RetiredJohn F Welch 2012-08-28 15:38
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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+19 # Old vetBudster 2012-08-28 17:10
Instant, uncontrollable tears.
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+7 # Holy sh*t!Matthew 2012-08-28 17:39
:cry:
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+19 # Another old vetBob Hancock 2012-08-28 20:53
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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+22 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsJon E 2012-08-28 20:55
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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+13 # Haka!!Mary Dixon 2012-09-01 20:48
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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+8 # Great sent off...Jim Rotramel 2012-08-28 21:52
but, I'd love to know what they were chanting.
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+30 # phillips.tom330@gmail.comTom Phillips 2012-08-28 22:43
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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+17 # I agree, great send offTim Johnson 2012-08-29 00:23
That was hard to watch...Taliban , you have been warned.
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+29 # Kura Takahi PuniProton 2012-08-29 01:13
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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+19 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsJohn Neville 2012-08-29 03:21
Thank you Mike. Very beautiful and primal. everyone should see this. God bless them and carry them home.
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+16 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsSteven Clark 2012-08-29 05:46
Powerful. Tears. Thank you.
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-29 # B Coy, Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's)Drew Shaw 2012-08-29 21:48
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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+16 # Well tell us geniusBob Hancock 2012-08-29 21:55
how do you know Jacinda wasn't a Christian?
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+6 # RE: B Coy, Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's)andrei 2012-08-30 18:57
Christian mumbo-jumbo???? I haven't discarded it... if YOU do, you'll face the consequences.
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+1 # RE: B Coy, Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's)LongArm 2012-10-25 06:50
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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+33 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsMichael Tank 2012-08-30 02:15
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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+13 # RE: RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsBuddy Whatley 2012-08-31 16:00
Quoting 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


Amen brother! It seems to me that the sickest people in our world are those who "kick" the dead?!
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+17 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsBranch 2012-08-30 02:37
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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+22 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi Troopsburbanite 2012-08-30 03:41
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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+11 # RE: RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsLee 2012-08-30 14:57
Amazing farewell. Brought a spirit of bonding to my heart for the fallen.
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+8 # Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsABK 2012-08-31 03:20
Thanks Michael. Onward my brothers and sisters, Kia Kaha to the families and loved ones.
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+15 # ThanksDarren Stewart 2012-08-31 20:07
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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+10 # American PatriotBuck Bradley 2012-08-31 21:43
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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+7 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi Troopsjoe 2012-09-01 10:07
Rest in peace at the going down of the sun we will remember you.Respect from the UK.
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+19 # CondolencesJerry Zimmermann 2012-09-02 03:26
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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+8 # MrsMij Turnbull 2012-09-02 19:01
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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+10 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsJeanie Greer 2012-09-04 00:15
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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+7 # usasa-sgtvirgil kappes 2012-09-04 01:45
:sad: the loss of one's mate...but very impressive cermony...god bless
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+13 # US Army RetiredNewell Swartz 2012-09-04 04:20
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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+4 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsDennis Roberts 2012-09-05 06:00
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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+16 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsBuck Rogers 2012-09-06 18:05
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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+9 # Farewell Heroes! We ALL Salute You!Vigilant Van Guard 2012-09-07 05:41
* 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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+10 # Vanguard 24Bob Peterson 2012-09-07 22:41
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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+16 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsRon Green 2012-09-08 00:23
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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+15 # Former US MarineFred Romero 2012-09-08 02:59
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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+3 # celebration of lifeMYFan 2012-09-08 13:13
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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+7 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsP Cox 2012-09-08 15:30
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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+4 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsJack Rampias 2012-09-09 04:24
AHOU! AHOU!

MAORIS WARRIORS ALL.
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+3 # EX POCKDAVID L 2012-09-09 14:22
This was a wonderfull vidio god bless them all
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+7 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsPraetorian Guard 2012-09-10 00:07
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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+10 # Thank You Kiwi's!!!Marc 2012-09-13 03:52
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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# RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsVeronica Murphy 2012-09-14 09:47
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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+5 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsGeorge 2012-09-17 19:26
This about Honor, Respect, Integrity, being Responsible enough to Commit to a Duty that might require all.
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+4 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsRonnie 2012-09-20 10:10
Awesomely inspiring Video. RIP all fallen ANZACS
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+5 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi TroopsJerry Zimmermann 2012-09-23 01:18
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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+4 # The more I watch the more I hopeHenryWood 2012-09-23 17:57
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 THE VERY SAME TIME! 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! 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.

Every one of the soldiers on that parade ground is celebrating the *life* 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:

We celebrate life.

They celebrate death.

We are not filled with hate. We are filled with love.
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+4 # A Kiwi in replyFortes Fortuna Juvat 2012-09-24 10:29
Quoting 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

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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+2 # respect for the fallen in the Maori wayArvid 2012-09-29 23:48
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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+4 # RE: Maori Farewell for Three Kiwi Troopsvern 2012-09-30 01:59
Thanks to a friends forwarding the video another American has become enlighted and thankful for your sacrafices. Your comrade will not be forgotten when we honor all veterns here in America on our day of rememberence to ALL men & women who have served, "Veterens Day"
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+4 # Public Relations OfficerTerry Brauweiler 2012-10-05 03:25
On behalf of the Cpl Albert Storm CD (Niagara) Chapter of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping, we send our heart felt condolences to your "Heros of Peace", their families, their friends and to all the members of a very proud Regiment. Being in "Harms Way" means that lives are being saved elsewhere. Your tribute to your fallen comrades was inspiring and shows just how much you are all "FAMILY" onto each other. Only those who have lived under the threat of death 24/7 on foriegn shores, can understand your tremendous loss. Our chapter has an initative underway to use the forget me not flower as a way to promote all the UN and NATO Vets. Someday, I'd like to visit your country and witness the pride of New Zealanders.

"Lest We Forget" "Forget Us Not"

T Brauweiler,PRO, (M/Cpl Ret'd)
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+1 # MrRobert carruthers 2012-10-10 20:45
So very powerful...neve r seen anything like this.....I'm ex military.....lo st friends, but this blew me away....so sad for these young men and women.....regar dless.....we have one common enemy....we know who thy are........and we must support those involved.....st rength and honour.....we will overcome.......
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+1 # Ex UK REWilf Waller 2012-10-25 14:49
SADNESS, RESPECT, APPRECIATION BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
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+1 # LlandudnoboyPeter Lewis 2012-10-25 17:38
Now that's what i call a real send off to a fallen comrade, full of power and deep emotion.

It was lovely to see a different Haka that we are used to seeing in the Northern hemisphere when your supreme All Blacks conquer everyone before them.

It was a shame it could not be witnessed in happier circumstances.

I have relatives living in Palmerston North in North Island but New Zealand is a long way from North Wales here in the Uk.

Thank you for sharing this moment with those around the World.
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+1 # pridelee moraitis 2012-10-27 10:52
I have watched this and passed it on to many of my friends. Have not lived in New Zealand for over 26 years but felt a great sense of pride and amazement for the haka ceremony for the fallen soldiers. Brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful send off for them.
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# MrEddie Duke-Low 2012-10-29 19:53
So sad , may they rest in peace and rise in Glory with deepest sympathy to their family's
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# HumanitarianTom OReilly 2012-11-02 06:35
Haere e hoa ma, kia koutou na hoia o Ngati Tumatauenga ka maringi na roimata me na hupe ki runga ia koutou hei kakaho ma koutou..haere ki na matua tipuna, haere haere haere atu ra.
Go in peace soldiers of Ngati Tumatauenga
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# MSgt (USMC Ret)Pat Fleming 2013-08-12 18:23
Ret in peace warriors......
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