The natives known as Kiwis welcomed Bhagwant Mann by doing their traditional Haka dance at the Auckland airport. The resounding welcome by the dancers created a media buzz with local outlets picking up the story of the uncommon act at the airport.
The haka (plural is the same as singular: haka) is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance, or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.
War haka were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition, but haka are also performed for various reasons: for welcoming distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals, and kapa haka performance groups are very common in schools.