7 Feb 2018

NZ athletes perform haka at Winter Games

6:08 am on 7 February 2018

New Zealand's Winter Olympics team have performed a haka to mark their flag being raised at the PyeongChang athletes' village.

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Winter Olympics Photo: PyeongChang 2018

A group of about 20 New Zealand athletes and their staff were present at a ceremony in the South Korean region.

They marked Waitangi Day with the rendition of Ka Mate in temperatures well into the negatives as Nigeria, comprising their women's bobsleigh team, and Armenia also had their flags raised.

New Zealand Chef de Mission Pete Wardell was on hand for the traditional exchanging of gifts with the host nation.

New Zealand athletes have previously performed the haka at Olympic flag-raising ceremonies.

The PyeongChang Games open on Friday.