Boy Scouts Beyond The Seas
for the haka to commence by striking the palms of his hands on the front part of his thighs, at the same time stamping in unison with his left foot. All follow his example, and as soon as he sees and hears that all have picked up the time, he calls out: “Eh . . . ranga-to-rah . . . ee yah.” Then all join in with “ Kai tay raahee ah too . . . ee yah.” When they come to “ee tay Tan-ee fah” they raise their hands level with their shoulders, palms down, and swing them to the left and right alternately, keeping time to the words thus: “Ee- tay “ (hands swing to the left front), “Tanee-fah “ (swing to right front), “Ee tay “ (again to left), “Tan-ee-fah” (again to right), “Hee” (again left,) “Hee” (again right), “H-a-a-a!!!” (hands raised over head at full extent of arms, eyes directed towards officer, and tongues protruded towards the opposite side). The foot should keep time to all the movements during the haka. When it is finished, the order “Staves up” will be given, and Scouts will stand at the order.
Among the Cadets I found that the Scouts had made a good name for themselves, especially as nearly all the sergeants and corporals in the Cadets are fellows who have been Scouts.
The officers find that a Scout on joining the Cadets does not have to be taught discipline and obedience to orders, he knows all that, and can be trusted to carry out his duty without anybody watching him to see that he does it. Also he can keep other fellows in order, he can show them in camp how to cook their food and how to make themselves comfortable, he can signal and can render first-aid, and generally knows how to shoot, to act as guide, or to run or ride with despatches.
Besides being smart and well-set-up in appearance, he has not made himself sickly and nervous with cigarette sucking; so naturally the officers try to get hold of Scouts to make them noncommissioned officers of the Cadets. Among the Cadets I saw some very fine companies, and among the best was one composed of Maori boys; they are dark red in colour, and big, strongly made, hefty fellows who with their weight and size ought to knock spots off any tug-of-war team of the same age.
From Auckland we travelled by train through North Island down to Wellington at its southern end. We went through hills and mountains, among beautiful bits of forest with snowy peaks in the background, then out among open downs and moorland with frequent farms and small townships.