Story: Ngā tuakiri hōu – new Māori identities

Māori Rastafarians

This video for the hit song 'Sensitive to a smile' by Pacific reggae band Herbs was shot at Mangahānea marae, at Ruatōria on the East Coast, in 1987. At the time the area had been troubled by a series of violent incidents involving local Māori Rastafarians, the dreadlocked followers of a black religious movement originating in the Caribbean.

Courtesy of Warner Music New Zealand via Franklin Rd.

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Rawiri Taonui, 'Ngā tuakiri hōu – new Māori identities - Urban identifiers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/29810/maori-rastafarians (accessed 15 December 2019)

Story by Rawiri Taonui, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017