A raw and emotional haka performed as a tribute at a 17-year-old's funeral last year has now gone around the world after being posted on YouTube.

Jarom Rihari, who was from Hamilton and was described as a much-loved son, brother and friend, died on June 29, 2017.

His death was reportedly a suspected suicide, according to online comments.

A video of a haka for Rihari at his tangi is now attracting comments from around the world after footage of the haka was posted to YouTube and Reddit.

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Jarom Rihari died in June and friends and family performed an emotional haka at his funeral.
Jarom Rihari died in June and friends and family performed an emotional haka at his funeral.

The video shows an visibly shaken young man leading the haka, trembling as he struggles to make it through the performance, at times almost overcome by grief.

"This is one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever seen," one YouTube commenter said.

Another said it embodied the power of a haka calling it an "amazing show of respect".

Others thanked those who had shared such passion and passion with one passing on "love, kindness and strength to everyone who needs it today.".

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