BOLA – Haka generates dispute between players and New Zealand Federation (Rugby)

BOLA – Haka generates dispute between players and New Zealand Federation (Rugby)
BOLA – Haka generates dispute between players and New Zealand Federation (Rugby)
Brand image of the New Zealand rugby team, Haka is at the center of a dispute between players and the Federation (NZR). At stake is the proposal for an American fund, the Silver Lake, to take about 15% of the economic rights of the team, which includes the famous Maorí dance.

The € 330 million proposal was considered satisfactory by NZR, which sees this value as a way to bridge the losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the players’ union (NZRPA) believes that this could mean sharing much more than economic rights and is against this decision.

«We are not going to approve this proposal, because we are not willing to sell 129 years of history. We are talking about cultural practices that are not for sale and there is a risk of cultural misappropriation, since we are talking about an American company. Accepting this agreement jeopardizes the natural bond between rugby and New Zealanders ”, can be read in the NZRPA letter, which included the signatures of Captain Sam Cane and other internationals such as Aaron Smith, Sam Whitelock and Dane Coles, as well as the captain of the women’s team, Sarah Hirini.

Maorí dance taught to the natives of New Zealand by the gods, the haka is used by the All Blacks since 1905. Kapa O Pango, a dance adopted in 2005, aims to celebrate the achievements of warriors in black and is a way to encourage the team before the games.

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