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New Zealand students perform emotional haka to honor late teacher

Dawson Tamatea/Facebook (Palmerston North Boys' High School) Dawson Tamatea/Facebook (Palmerston North Boys' High School)
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND (HAWAIINEWSNOW) -

An entire school in New Zealand delivered an emotional and powerful performance in honor of a long-serving teacher who died earlier this month. 

The entire student body of Palmerston North Boys' High School performed the haka to honor beloved teacher Dawson Tamatea, who died unexpectedly in his sleep. Tamatea had taught at North Boys' High School for 25 years and was known as an attentive and supportive teacher. 

When a black hearse arrived at the school on Friday carrying Tamatea's casket for his funeral, 1,700 students performed an emotional haka that lasted for about two minutes.The video was posted on the school's Facebook page and has received national attention. 

A haka is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance, or challenge from the Maori people of New Zealand. The posture dance is performed by a group with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.

Click HERE to watch the powerful performance on a mobile device. 

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