Flynn: This is my New Zealand flag. It's not the one with the stars, but it's the one you take to sports games. Do you know my dad has this tattoo on his shoulder?
Ameen: It doesn't look the same as the New Zealand flag over there (on the pictograph).
Flynn: It's for sports games.
Darshan: Is that a leaf?
Flynn: Yes, but I don't know why. I think my dad would know. I also brought two books.
Ms Leah: Is that the flag of the All Blacks?
Flynn: Yes, it's the All Blacks' flag. My favourite team.
Ms Leah: Can you tell the class who the All Blacks are?
Flynn: Yes, they are the New Zealand rugby team and they are very good.
Ms Leah: Is there anything special they do before the rugby games?
Flynn: Yes, they do the hakka.
Amy: What's a hakka?
Flynn: It's like a special kind of dance.
We decided to see if we could find a video of the hakka on the internet.
Ameen: Why do they do that?
Flynn: I don't know.
Ameen: Do the other teams do that?
Flynn: No, just the All Blacks.
Ms Leah asked to think about why the All Blacks might do the Hakka before games, and told us we would share our thinking in a little bit.
Ameen: But what is rugby? Is it another name for football, like soccer?
Flynn: No, you carry a ball, pass it behind you and try to get it to the other side.
We watched some of a clip of a game between the All Blacks and Australia, followed by some of a clip of the women's rugby sevens and Russia.
Maanya: Why do they have to put their tongues out?
Darshan: Is this the Olympics?
Flynn: This is the national anthem of New Zealand, I think.
Darshan: And this is the Australia national anthem.
Chaitanya: Why are they not putting their hands on the chest for the anthem? In India, we put our hands on our chests for the anthem.
Ameen: I think because they are holding onto one another. Maybe because they are a team.
Chaitanya: Why are they dancing? Why aren't they playing?
Flynn: They do the hakka first.
Amy: Why didn't the women do the hakka?
Flynn: I think it's just the All Blacks.
Ms Leah asked us to take out our unit books and answer these two questions:
Why do you think the All Blacks do the hakka?
Why is rugby important in New Zealand?
Here are our answers:
Amy: Because they want to win.
Ameen: All Blacks are the champions. They win. New Zealand wins too. They just learn to play.
Isaiah: Because All Blacks want to do exercise so they do the hakka before rugby games.
It's important in New Zealand because they always win.
Maanya: They do the hakka for good luck. Rugby is important there because it give them a good day.
Elliot: New Zealand does the hakka as a warning. It's important because they like rugby.
Qaseh: All Blacks are champions. They practice playing.
Karin: They do the hakka to win. Rugby is important because they want to win.
Freya: New Zealand does the hakka before rugby games because it's special. Rugby is important in New Zealand because it was made in New Zealand.
Cesca: They do the hakka because they want to win the games. Rugby is important because they want to be strong.
Jake: They do the hakka because it's a sport. Rugby is important because they are champions.
Seheon: All Blacks are champions. New Zealand wins. Why do they win? Because they are too strong.
Ryo: Because All Blacks are very hard and so good. Because New Zealand wants medals and to be champions.
Justin: They do the hakka because they want to win games. Rugby is important because they like sports.
Chaitanya: They do the hakka for practice. Rugby is important because they want to be champions.
Flynn: They do the hakka before rugby games to show they are the best team. Rugby is important in New Zealand because they are good at rugby. They are good at rugby because they practice.
James: They do the hakka because they are champions. Rugby makes people in New Zealand happy.
Darshan: They do the hakka to perform. Rugby is important because they are very good. They do lots of training.
Do you have any thoughts about why the All Blacks do the hakka and why rugby is important in New Zealand? We'd love to hear your thoughts too!