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Niue national rugby league team performing Takalo before one of their test matches

Takalo is the performing of a traditional Niue war dance by an individual warrior or group of warriors prior to engaging the enemy in warfare between warriors using traditional war clubs. In modern times, the takalo is often performed prior to a rugby game or winning a game of some sport code. The takalo is also performed to welcome dignitaries as soon as they land in Niue, persons of high status like prime ministers, presidents and governors general – it signifies that the dignitaries' arrival is for the purpose of peace and harmony.

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