Carol Vorderman apologises to New Zealand as she attempts Maori Haka dance

CHEPSTOW, WALES - MARCH 21: TV personality Carol Vorderman cheers home her her horse Subway Surf as it wins The Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race at Chepstow Racecourse on March 21, 2019 in Chepstow, Wales. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Carol Vorderman apologised in advance to the people of New Zealand for her attempt at the Haka. (Getty Images)

Carol Vorderman has offered her apologies to the people of New Zealand as she attempted to recreate the Haka dance on a beach in Wales.

The former Countdown star, 60, had been enjoying some early morning paddle boarding on a remote pebbled shore when she did the dance.

Vorderman posted pictures of herself on Instagram dancing in a wetsuit and flipflops on the Welsh beach, and captioned them: "Doing the worst Haka ever on the beach....had to earn my breakfast.

"Huge apologies to @allblacks and all of New Zealand. #paddleboarding #Wales."

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The Haka is a traditional dance created by the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand, and is associated with preparing for battle.

It involves rhythmic foot stamping, arm movements and chanting and is performed by New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team before they play a match.

Vorderman – who is recovering from long COVID – has spent the summer in Wales enjoying early-morning paddle boarding sessions alongside freshly cooked bacon-and-egg breakfasts on the beach.

The TV star later shared images of herself tossing her hair around as she pretended her paddle board was a wind machine when she released the air from it.

She joked: "I love doing this when you release the air from your paddleboard. It's like a Billy Big Bo*****s wind machine on a photoshoot.

"Ah...I forgot the make up bit...Soz...don't show it to the kids or they'll get nightmares."

The TV presenter – who competed in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2016 – admitted she still falls in the water occasionally but thinks she has started to master the art of paddle boarding.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28:  Carol Vorderman attends Pride Of Britain Awards 2019 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Carol Vorderman – pictured in 2019 – has spent the summer in Wales as she recovers from long COVID. (Getty Images)

Earlier this month Vorderman saw the funny side after fans spotted she had shared a photograph of herself in an inside-out bikini.

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She joked: “Yes I'm a #HappyScruff.....#bikini top inside out #nomakeup (with huge apologies to @elizabethhurley1... Queen of the bikinis,” she wrote on Instagram.

“One day I'll learn to posh up a bit… but probably not going to happen anytime soon.”

Watch: Carol Vorderman opens up on battle with long COVID