Dawson Tamatea taught gym and math for over 30 years, making him one of the most popular teachers at the Palmerston North school in Wellington, New Zealand. When he passed away, his students wanted to do something special for his funeral: they performed a “Haka,” a traditional dance of the New Zealand aboriginals, the Maori – This dance is performed to intimidate enemies.
The school was only open for half the day so that all the students and teachers could attend the funeral and perform their Haka.
The school wrote: “The entire school performing the Haka during the arrival of Mr. Tamatea in the hearse. This was a very emotional and powerful performance. We are extremely proud of our boys’ performance and we know that Mr Tamatea would be too.”