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Last Chance: Expressions of interest for Mardi Gras 2023!

Sydney Mardi Gras 2021

This is your final opportunity to apply to party with Haka for Life at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Our message is clear, we stand and walk with PRIDE!

With 5 weeks left until Mardi Gras, we have only 20 spots remaining.


If you would like to be considered to join our incredible team, click on the link below:

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Boon Bros Rigging & Crane Hire sponsors Haka For Life

Boom Bros Rigging and Crane Hire logo with Haka For Life Logo

Haka For Life are proud and grateful to announce Boon Bros Rigging & Crane Hire as a sponsor for Mardi Gras 2023.

Boon Bros Rigging & Crane Hire are a West Australian family owned and operated business, who work extensively across Western Australia. They take great pride in their work and their ability to deliver on time for their clients.

Their generous donation of $5,400 dollars has enabled Haka for Life to invest in t-shirts, which will help us raise funds for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the World’s biggest Pride Parade for 2023, and for our ongoing community engagements.

You’ll see their company logo on our Original & Pride shirts available for purchase later this month!

If you wish to enquire about Boon Bros Rigging and Crane Hire, contact Stephen Boon on 0438 441 905 or

Haka For Life wishes to thank Stephen, Lane and family for their continued love and support. Their friendship and loyalty to our mission is greatly appreciated. This generous expression of kindness will help to save lives.

If your business wishes to partner with Haka for Life, we have further sponsorship opportunities available, please reach out:

Haka for Life is a charity and anyone can donate big or small through our donate button on our website. Haka for Life stands and walks with Pride.

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Sydney Mardi Gras 2023 Expressions of Interest

Sydney Mardi Gras 2021

Haka For Life is excited to open our expressions of interest for those wanting to join us for the 2023 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Oxford Street, Sydney, NSW – Saturday, February 25th 2023.

We warmly invite those that identify as Takatāpui, LGBTQIA+, Pride allies and their families to apply.

This is our 4th time involved in Mardi Gras, with our last participation being in 2021 when we were awarded the Best Choreography for the whole parade.

Mardi Gras is a part of Sydney WorldPride 2023! This is a historic event that thousands of people from around the world will be in Sydney celebrating! We feel blessed to be a part of the festivities! 

With all our entries to Mardi Gras, we honour Indigenous First Nations & Tribes Corroboree of the Darug Nation & others, along with Maori Haka as the foundation of our expression and involvement.

Our theme for 2023

Mehemea ka moemoeā ahau, ko ahau anake. Mehemea ka moemoeā tātou, ka taea e tatou”. If I am to dream, I dream alone. If we all dream together then we shall achieve.”

We stand together in culture, gender & love to end suicide.

We would love you to join us. Please note, there are limited spots, submitting the EOI form does NOT confirm your participation. Successful applicants will be contacted by email. 

Hake for Life, walks with Pride! 🏳️‍🌈

Registration Form

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Powerful Performance Raises Awareness For International Men’s Day

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 were joined today by Karl Wickey, a Sydney-based, Wiradjuri man, to encourage a powerful conversation about men’s mental health.

Haka For Life perform atop The Sydney Tower Eye.

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.

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Supporting the NZ made movie COUSINS in Liechardt Sydney

Haka For Life at ‘Cousins’ movie premiere, Sydney

Haka For Life had the honour and pleasure of supporting the NZ made movie COUSINS last in Liechardt Sydney.

Co- directors of the movie Briar Grace-Smith & Ainsley Gardiner joined the screening of the movie, along with Aboriginal dancers, who also shared smoking ceremony and welcome to country.

Another beautiful night had on this journey of standing for life.

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WA Day celebrations

WA Day 2021 Haka

Today’s performance was incredible even in the pouring rain at the Fremantle fishing boat harbour for WA Day celebrations 🌧 another great opportunity to share our message to choose life.

We acknowledge Hauruia for choosing to stand with us and share in the beautiful energy of our culture.

We acknowledge all who showed up and stood with us to perform today. You could of been anywhere else today and you chose to be with us, so humbling.

Thank you to Nella Fitzgerald organiser of WA day Freo for inviting us to perform and to all who watched us and supported us near and far.

We love being able to empower and connect people through Haka and creating opportunities for people to experience. If you would like to Haka with us and share our message to choose life just send us a message

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Haka For Life is proud to announce we are expanding

Our Founder & Creator Leon Ruri is relocating to Sydney, this will ensure that Haka For Life has a base in Sydney and also Perth…

Jamie Schuster & Nadine Parkinson will lead Haka For Life in Western Australia from now.

This is an exciting time for Haka For Life and a clear indication we are growing and our message and presence with it…

We look forward to creating on the East Coast of Australia, and continuing our growth and presence in Western Australia.