Story: Hōiho – horses and iwi

Wahines’ race

Wahines’ race

These three Māori women are taking part in a wahines’ (women’s) race, in the Waikato in the 1890s. Unlike Pākehā women who rode side-saddle, these riders secured their gowns to their ankles and sat astride the horses.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: MNZ-1046-1/4-F

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Basil Keane, 'Hōiho – horses and iwi - Horsemanship', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 1 Jul 2015