Story: Muldoon, Robert David

Dancing the siva

Dancing the siva

On 18 March 1981 Muldoon was invested with the Samoan title of matai in a formal ceremony at the Beehive. Afterwards he and his wife Thea Muldoon joined in a traditional dance, the siva. Here, he dances with the Siumu village high chief's daughter, to a traditional song with updated words which described him as a 'rose blossom'.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1981/1121/31
Photograph by John Nicholson

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How to cite this page:

Barry Gustafson. 'Muldoon, Robert David', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2010. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)