26 Sep 2013

Haka shows pride for Team New Zealand

7:12 pm on 26 September 2013

The two young men in Auckland who led Thursday morning's haka ahead of the America's Cup final say it was a way to show how proud the country is of the team.

Several hundred supporters performed Ka Mate at Shed 10 in support of Team New Zealand, just before the squad was defeated in the final showdown in San Francisco.

Jeffrey Ruha, of Te Whanau a Apanui and Ngati Porou, says (in te reo Maori) that it was good to see the country stand together in love for Team New Zealand before the race.

He says the team put in a good effort but everyone is probably happy it is over.