Haka protection law set to pass

A law requiring any publishers of the haka to attribute it to its creator is set to pass with immediate effect, an IP lawyer warns.

No date has been set for the third reading of the Haka Ka Mate Attribution Bill, following its separation from other related legislation, but Baldwins lawyer Thomas Huthwaite says it could happen in coming months.

As soon as the bill passes the Ngāti Toa tribe can take legal action against those who perform or publish the Ka Mate haka without recognising Ngati Toa chief Te Rauparaha as its composer.

 

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