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Giant haka honours fallen NZ soldiers.

I have never seen this before, but I must confess it was quite moving to watch. RIP mates.

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The bodies of three New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan were welcomed home with a giant haka in Christchurch on August 23.

The tribute to Corporal Luke Tamatea, Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker and Private Richard Harris was performed by approximately 200 military personnel.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-2...mrades/4225346

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Like I said on FB, always good to see nations that still honor their warriors.

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A beautiful tribute indeed.
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That reduced me to tears.
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That reduced me to tears.
I must confess it did for me too.

It hits close to home.
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For me, the silence after the haka is intense.
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What an awesome tribute by the New Zealanders. It reflects their unique culture and their esprit de corps.

Godspeed, mate.
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Much respect here for our ANZAC allies.

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Sad. Another senseless death.

Just a question for our NZ members: why is there an armed and suited sniper? Is he part of the security? (he's the only one armed that I saw in the video)
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Sad. Another senseless death.

Just a question for our NZ members: why is there an armed and suited sniper? Is he part of the security? (he's the only one armed that I saw in the video)
I had the impression at least one of the KIA soldiers was a sniper.

I took it as a sort of sniper honor guard.

Not sure though...
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I had the impression at least one of the KIA soldiers was a sniper.

I took it as a sort of sniper honor guard.

Not sure though...
Yes, according to the NZDF one of the men killed was a sniper.

All three soldiers were from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Corporal Luke Tamatea, Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker and Private Matthew Harris - Lance Corporal Baker, a medic, is unfortunately our first female casualty in Afghanistan.
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I had the impression at least one of the KIA soldiers was a sniper.

I took it as a sort of sniper honor guard.

Not sure though...
Thanks CG.
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