Story: Intermarriage

Tarara Day

Tarara Day

A reconstructed gum digger’s hut, with a pair of diggers yarning outside and samples of gum on a table, were among the attractions at the 2010 Tarara Day. This event, held annually in West Auckland, celebrates the long and friendly association between Māori and the Dalmatian people. The Dalmatians first came to New Zealand in the late 19th century, and many worked as kauri gum diggers in Northland. They often intermarried with Māori, and their descendants, known by the Māori term 'tarara', have a highly regarded place in present-day Māoridom.

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Angela Wanhalla, 'Intermarriage - Intermarriage with Asians and Dalmatians', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 April 2024)

Story by Angela Wanhalla, published 5 May 2011