Story: Māori rugby – whutupaoro

Fijian team performing a cibi

Fijian team performing a cibi

The Fijian team perform their war dance, the cibi, at Athletic Park, Wellington, while the New Zealand Māori team watch on 10 August 1957. The first time the Māori team played Fiji was in 1938. They have played the Fijians more times than any other team.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1957/3288-F

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Malcolm Mulholland, 'Māori rugby – whutupaoro - Rugby union, 1910s to 1930s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2020)

Story by Malcolm Mulholland, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Jan 2015