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Maori tribes have called on New Zealand’s anti-vaccine protesters to “immediately” stop using the traditional war dance hakka.
Ka Made Haqqa is very popular because it is performed by the All Blacks national rugby team before every match.
The The Nadi Toa tribe, which has the legal rights to the Haqqa It issued a warning following the use of it by several anti-vaccine protesters during protests last week.
The vaccination rate against Govt-19 is low among the Maori population. Only 61% of those eligible have been fully vaccinated and 77% have received the first dose. This is a much lower figure than the rate in New Zealand, where 90% of the eligible population is vaccinated.
Ngati Toa condemns the use of Haka Ka Mate for advertising To promote messages They call not to be vaccinated against Govt-19“, Said tribal leader Helmut Motlik in a statement.
“Many of us [ancestros] The Tupunas lost their lives in previous epidemics… We are absolutely clear that the Covit-19 vaccine is the best protection we have, and we are committed to supporting it. [familia] I need to be vaccinated soon. “
Last week, about 2,000 protesters gathered in front of parliament in Wellington and elsewhere in the country, waving large flags. Method Former US President Donald Trump Trump and carrying anti-vaccine banners.
Prime Minister Jacintha Arden had earlier said that the country Teachers and workers in the health and disability sectors should be fully vaccinated Against Govt-19.
New Zealand, which took a tough approach at the outset of the epidemic, announced it Change their strategy from “Zero Covid” to “living with the virus”.
A total of 9,000 cases and 34 deaths have been reported in the country. The Govt-19 death toll is one of the lowest in the world.
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