Story: Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars

'Kikia te Poa', a patriotic haka, 1901

'Kikia te Poa', a patriotic haka, 1901

This photo of a group performing the haka 'Kikia Te Poa' (Kick the Boer) appeared in the Weekly Press on 26 October 1901. Officially denied the right to enlist for fighting in the South African War, tribes who supported the British in the war became involved in patriotic fundraising activities. 'Kikia Te Poa' was composed to express their opposition to the Boers and support for the Queen and the British Empire. The haka was performed at fundraising events such as the carnivals held at Pāpāwai, Wairarapa, on 22 March 1900 and at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on 28–29 March 1900.

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Reference: N-P 427; The Weekly Press, 26 October 1901, p. 8

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Monty Soutar, 'Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars - Māori and the South African War', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 December 2023)

Story by Monty Soutar, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2016