23 Feb 2009

Haka in Shakespeare not wanted

7:13 am on 23 February 2009

A prominent member of London's theatre circles is calling for a haka to be dropped from a production by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The Taming of the Shrew opens with a rowdy stag night scene, in which a group of drunken men perform a version of the Ka Mate haka, then drop their trousers.

Colleen Toomey, who is a judge in the Laurence Olivier Awards, says the use of the haka is completely inappropriate.

The haka was written 180 years ago by the Ngati Toa chief, Te Rauparaha.