Story: Kapa Haka

Rotorua concert party, 1920s

Rotorua concert party, 1920s

This poster advertises a performance by the Arawa Maori Entertainers, a professional Rotorua concert party, some time between 1924 and 1930. The group was formed by the celebrated Whakarewarewa tourist guide Rangitīaria Dennan of Ngāti Tarāwhai, who was famous as Guide Rangi. Other members included Ana Hato (Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi), who in 1927 sang on the first commercial sound recording made in New Zealand.

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Reference: EPH-A-MAORI-CONCERT-1935-01

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How to cite this page:

Valance Smith, 'Kapa Haka - 19th-century kapa haka', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/43922/rotorua-concert-party-1920s (accessed 10 June 2023)

Story by Valance Smith, published 22 Oct 2014, reviewed & revised 9 Feb 2023