Story: Māori rugby – whutupaoro

New Zealand Māori lose to South Africa

New Zealand Māori lose to South Africa

In 1956 New Zealand Māori were thrashed 37–nil by South Africa. In this cartoon one Māori man, embarrassed by the outcome, comments to another, 'I think I'll take my name off the Māori [electoral] roll!' The cartoon was by Harry Dansey, of Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Te Arawa, who later became the race relations conciliator.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: J-065-068
Cartoon by Harry Delamere Barter Dansey

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Malcolm Mulholland, 'Māori rugby – whutupaoro - Rugby union, 1949 to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2020)

Story by Malcolm Mulholland, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Jan 2015