Story: Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement

Tāwhiao's tangi: haka (2nd of 2)

Tāwhiao's tangi: haka

With their muskets reversed, a party of King Tāwhiao's warriors perform a haka at his tangihanga at Taupiri in 1894. Most are wearing a blanket or shawl around the waist, as a reference to traditional fighting costume. An Auckland Star reporter noted, 'All the old weapons of primitive days in the possession of the hapus have been brought out for the occasion and many fine greenstone meres [clubs], taiahas [spears], etc. are on view'.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Josiah Martin Collection (PAColl-1893)
Reference: PAColl-1893-05
Photograph by Enos Silvanus Pegler

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How to cite this page:

Rahui Papa and Paul Meredith, 'Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement - Tāwhiao, 1860–1894', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 November 2021)

Story by Rahui Papa and Paul Meredith, published 20 Jun 2012