Story: Ngā rōpū tautohetohe – Māori protest movements

Engineering students' haka: being confronted (2nd of 2)

Engineering students' haka: being confronted

Māori student Hilda Halkyard (Ngāti Hauā, Te Rarawa) confronts Auckland University engineering students performing a mock haka in 1978. Māori students found the students' haka offensive and attempted to prevent it by protesting through official channels. In 1979 a group called He Taua confronted students practising the haka. He Taua members were ultimately charged with a number of offences including rioting.

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Reference: Eruera Stirling as told to Anne Salmond, Eruera: the teachings of a Maori elder. Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1980, p. 215

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Basil Keane, 'Ngā rōpū tautohetohe – Māori protest movements - Cultural rights', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 July 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 11 Jan 2023