A Maori tribe in New Zealand is calling for anti-vaxxers to stop performing the "Ka Mate" haka to push their message, Agence-France Press reports.
Groups opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine have reportedly been using the traditional performance at vaccine protest events.
Ngati Toa, a native tribe based by the country's capital city of Wellington, are the custodians of the "Ka Mate" haka under New Zealand law. The "Ka Mate" haka, arguably the most well-known of the various rituals, is performed by the New Zealand-based All Blacks rugby team before each match.
In a statement, the Ngati Toa slammed the use of the traditional performance for political purposes.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reportedly spoke out against the demonstrations, during which a woman bit a police officer, saying the protestors represent only a small portion of the population's views.
"What we saw today was not representative of the vast bulk of New Zealanders," she said.