Story: Parades and protest marches

Engineering haka (2nd of 3)

Engineering haka

A feature of the Auckland capping parade was a haka performed by engineering students dressed in grass skirts, as seen here in 1955 outside the Britomart Hotel. During the 1970s Māori groups criticised the performance for mocking their culture. In 1979 activists attacked a practice session, tearing off the students’ skirts and manhandling them. While convicted by the courts, they succeeded in ending the custom.

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Ben Schrader, 'Parades and protest marches - Parades, 1890 to 1950', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010