Skip to main content

Go back to blog

Powerful Performance Raises Awareness for International Men's Day

  • Thursday November 17th 2022
  • Sydney, Haka For Life, International Men's Day, Cultural Awareness, Mental Health

Hakaforlife 5965 Benholgate

To inspire conversations on the topic of men’s mental health this International Men’s Day, performers from Haka For Life took to Sydney’s tallest and most unique stage, SKYWALK at The Sydney Tower Eye to perform Ngati Toa Rangatira Haka, Ka Mate, a celebration of life over death.

Haka for Life is made up of Māori men, women and children who were joined today by Karl Wickey, a Sydney-based, Wiradjuri man, to encourage a powerful conversation about men’s mental health.

Commenting on the importance of recognising International Men’s Day, Leon Ruri, Founder and Creator of Haka For Life, said, “Many men live in silence, struggling to communicate with those around them, this struggle often challenges them to understand the positive meaning of life. Silence does not exist when Haka is performed. It requires a man’s vulnerability to truly express himself, but in doing so, makes him incredibly powerful in his communication to others.

“Today’s opportunity to showcase two of the world’s oldest surviving cultures above Sydney, was very special. Performing on the Gadigal Land of the Dharug Nation, in front of Sydney’s magical backdrop was a great honour and something we will never forget,” added Ruri.


Merlin Entertainments recently launched its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan demonstrating their ongoing commitment to recognise the diversity of First Nations people across Australia and New Zealand. Everyone matters at Merlin, and we are committed to creating an environment for all our guests and teams in which everyone feels valued, respected and where they can be their authentic selves.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout the lands upon which we operate and recognise their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past and present.

For more information on Haka For Life, please visit

For more information on SKYWALK, please visit