Heartbreaking video of All Blacks star Sean Wainui teaching haka to eight-month-old son
A heartbreaking video of Maori All Blacks star Sean Wainui teaching his baby haka has reappeared online after his tragic death.
The well-respected center, 25, was killed on Monday morning in a car crash near Tauranga in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty region,
He leaves behind a devastated wife Paige and two young children – his son Kawariki, 2, and his stepdaughter, Arahia.
In a video originally posted to his Instagram in January 2020, Wainui teaches then eight-month-old Kawariki how to do the traditional dance.
In the clip, he starts singing as his smiling baby, standing on the couch, beams up at him, screaming with joy as his dad sings and stamps his feet.
Kawariki begins slapping his arms to the side, imitating his father as he chants the traditional Maori words “ka mate”.
Eight-month-old Kawariki joins his father, rugby player Sean Wainui, 24, to perform the haka (pictured)
Wainui and his wife Paige (right) celebrated their first birthday just six weeks ago. ‘One year of marriage with my darling. I love you more and more every day, “he posted on Instagram.
Mr. Wainui takes his son’s hands and moves them to the beat of the song before the child lets out an excited laugh at the end of the dance
Wainui continues to sing and stomp, walking towards the baby who claps his hands to the side in time.
For the last verse, Mr. Wainui takes his son’s hands and moves them to the rhythm of the song before the child lets out an excited little laugh.
The video was shared by All Blacks opener Dan Carter, 38, who holds the record for most points held in a rugby test match.
He said, ‘I don’t know how I missed this. It made my day. Teach them young.
Wainui captioned the video initially shared on Instagram: “Practice of Haka. Happy eight month old boy.
The execution of the haka in rugby matches began with the tour of the Native New Zealand football team from 1888-89 and has been continued by the All Blacks since 1905.
Samoa, Tonga and Fiji also perform a haka before their international rugby matches.
Why the haka is performed
The haka is a type of ancient Maori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, as well as when groups gathered in peace.
The Haka are a fierce display of the pride, strength and unity of a tribe.
Actions include violent kicks, protruding tongue, and rhythmic slapping of the body to accompany a loud chant.
The words of a haka often poetically describe ancestors and events in the history of the tribe.
Today, haka are still used in Maori ceremonies and celebrations to honor guests and show the importance of the occasion. This includes family events, like birthdays and weddings.
Super Rugby star Sean Wainui (photo, center) died in an accident in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty region
Wainui pictured with wife Paige and two young children, son Kawariki 2 and daughter, Arahia
Wanui made Super Rugby history in June when he became the first player to score five tries in a game in a Trans-Tasman clash against the NSW Waratahs.
The former New Zealand Under-20 representative played 53 Super Rugby games for the Crusaders and current club Chiefs.
He has also represented the Maori All Blacks 10 times.
His Super Rugby club led the wave of tributes as Wainui was remembered as a passionate, hardworking and proud Maori and an outstanding player.
“He was everything you could ask of a player,” Chiefs and Maori All Blacks coach Clayton McMillan said.
“He was an influential member of the teams he was a part of and his presence will be missed. Our sincere condolences to Paige, Kawariki and Arahia and her wānau at large during this difficult time. We offer them all our support as well as our players and our staff.
Wainui has been a fan favorite since joining the Chiefs in 2018.
Sean and his wife Paige (pictured together), “He’s such a good person so it’s tragic,” said rugby coach Neil Barnes
Wainui with wife Paige and son Kawariki, 2, after a Chiefs game, where he played 44 games
New Zealand rugby boss Mark Robinson described the tragedy as a dark day for the code.
He urged the media to give the Wainui family “a space to mourn as we all reflect on a young life that ended far too soon.”
“We know that Sean’s passing will be deeply felt by everyone involved in rugby, especially his Bay of Plenty and Chiefs teammates and we share their grief and shock,” said Robinson.
A statement from the All Blacks read, “We are heartbroken right now. Sean, you were an inspiration and you will never be forgotten. We extend all our strength and aroha to your friends and to whānau.
Sean Wainui in action for the Chiefs against the NSW Waratahs in Sydney in June, when he became the first player in Super Rugby history to score five tries in a game
Australian-born New Zealand artist Stan Walker (right) posted a photo from Wainui’s wedding with a touching tribute to the rugby star
Former All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams was quick to pay tribute to Wainui after news of his death
Wainui Chiefs teammate Brad Weber also paid heartfelt tribute
Chiefs teammate Brad Weber also paid a heartfelt tribute.
“I can’t quite express how much this one hurts. He has always said publicly that Sean deserves everything he gets because he works so hard for it. But he doesn’t deserve this.
“That first day back at Chiefs HQ next season is going to hurt to come in and not see you there, brother.” TEAR.’
His former club, the Crusaders, have joined those paying tribute to Wainui.
“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Sean Wainui Crusader # 189, Sean will forever be a cherished member of our club,” the Crusaders said on their Twitter account.
“I’m so sorry for his partner. He also has a young one. It’s terrible for their whole family, ” coach Neil Barnes said of Wainui’s passing, pictured above with partner Paige
Wainui was born in Whatatutu near Gisborne and raised in Auckland.
He was captain of his school team at Takapuna Grammar School before making his debut for Taranaki in 2014 when he was still a teenager.
Current Taranaki coach Neil Barnes told the New Zealand Herald that Wainui was one of the most hardworking and fit players he has seen.
“She’s such a good person, so it’s tragic. He is a very good man of community and of family. I am so sorry for his partner. He also has a young one. It is terrible for their whole family.
Police investigations into the fatal accident are continuing.
“Police were informed that a car had crashed into a tree around 7:50 am,” a statement said.
“The only occupant of the vehicle died at the scene.
“The Serious Crash Unit attended the scene and the circumstances surrounding the accident are being investigated.”
The Maori All Blacks star (pictured) was a fan favorite of the Super Rugby Club Chiefs