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Throat-slitting haka upsets NZRU

Published: 10:29AM Thursday June 08, 2006 Source: RNZ

The New Zealand Rugby Union has asked the All Blacks not to perform their new Kapa O Pango haka and its controversial throat-slitting gesture.

The haka was unveiled last August as an alternative to the traditional Ka Mate Ka Mate and is only performed before special test matches.

Chief executive Chris Moller says some people have public objected to the throat slitting gesture at the end of the haka.

He says they intend to ask people in Maoridom and the All Blacks if it should be changed.

Moller says it is not known if the All Blacks will perform the new haka before this Saturday's test against Ireland.