New Zealand Students from various schools paid tribute to the victims by the rendition of the Haka. A ceremonial Maori dance to mourn the victims and honored their soul.

What is Haka Dance and where it comes from

The haka is part of the Maori culture and tradition. Haka has been "erroneously defined by generations of uninformed as 'war dances'", whereas Māori mythology places haka as the dance "about the celebration of life.

According to Maori, His Sun god (Tama-Nui-te-rā) had two wives, Hine-Raumati, the Summer maid, and Hine Takurua, the Winter maid. Haka originated in the coming of Hine-Raumati(summer maid ).when the son Tāne-rore of Hine-Raumati and Tama-Nui-te-rā was born.who is credited with the origin of the dance. Tane-rore is the trembling of the air as seen on the hot days of summer, and represented by the quivering of the hands in the dance.

Haka is the generic name for all types of dance or ceremonial performance and each performer is expected to be expressive of their feelings. haka is performed for various reason like for welcoming distinguished guests or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals.

Basically, Haka was performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition. Over time, the haka evolved and it came to be used for more than just battles. It became a way for communities to come together and it was a symbol for community and strength. This type of haka is called a ngeri haka. (in ngeri haka doesn't use weapons).

In New Zealand, you will find that the haka is performed for a lot of different reasons. In 1888-89 New Zealand Native football team began a tradition by performing the haka during an international tour and in 1905 or 1906 when the team first played in England, they were performing a haka called "Ka Mate. All Blacks rugby (football team )perform the haka, they only perform this particular part. (ka-mate)

Ka-mate is a type of haka (composed around 1820 by Te Rauparaha, the chief of the Ngati Toa iwi, or tribe, from New Zealand's North Island)Te Rauparaha a war leader of the Ngāti Toa tribe.

Te Rauparaha attempting to escape the pursuit of a rival iwi. He finds a hiding place within a sweet potato pit that is guarded by a woman, Te Rangikoaea. In addition to guarding the pit, Te Rangikoaea is also dispelling the magic that the other iwi warriors are using in their attempts to find Te Rauparaha. As the warriors approach the pit, Te Rauparaha, mutters to himself "Ka mate, ka mate," which means "It is death" or "Will I die?" When they pass and he is undetected, Te Rauparaha declares "Ka ora, ka ora!," or "It is life!" He emerges from the pit, having survived a dangerous encounter.

In fact, in 2005, the team had a new haka commissioned specifically for them, titled the "Kapa o Pango," though they still perform "Ka Mate."In the lead up to the Rugby World Cup in 2011, flashmob haka became a popular way of expressing support for the All Blacks.

At the premiere of "Aquaman," Jason Momoa was accompanied by a group of performers who stunned the masses with a ceremonial Haka. Jason Momoa isn’t the first celebrity to incorporate the Haka into Hollywood, Dwayne Johnson performed the Haka ceremony with a girl’s soccer team in “The Fast and Furious 8.” 

Recently in Newzealand students and other groups performed haka to pay honor to the victims of Christchurch.