This is the moment ex All Blacks rugby captain Zinzan Brooke leads a traditional Haka in honour of New Zealand-born British cop Matt Ratana who was killed by a handcuffed suspect in September.
The Metropolitan Police Service posted the footage on Facebook with the message: “Haka for Sgt Matt Ratana. As part of today’s service of celebration and thanksgiving for Sgt Matt Ratana, a traditional Maori Haka was performed as a mark of respect.”
The tribute for the fallen officer and rugby fan took place outside a chapel in Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex on 4th November and was led by former All Blacks captain Zinzan Brooke, 55.
Ratana, 54, was shot by a suspect man in handcuffs at Berin Underwood House (Croydon Custody Centre) early on 25th September.
The funeral was streamed on the internet so friends and family in his home country New Zealand could witness the touching service.
The rugby fan’s coffin was draped in a ceremonial Met drape with his cap resting on top.
His New Zealand police colleagues where Ratana was based between 2003 and 2008, reportedly sent a Maori weapon known as a mere as a sign of respect.
D.C. Neil Perkin said that the officer’s death was a “harrowing experience” to all those that loved him in New Zealand, the UK and further afield.
The victim’s son Luke said in a statement: “My dad Matthew was certainly larger than life and a man loved by so many people.”
A wreath sent by British Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “In memory and remembrance of dear Matt, for his selfless sacrifice, courage and service.”
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