Story: Māori rugby – whutupaoro

New Zealand Māori league team, 1909

New Zealand Māori league team, 1909

This is the New Zealand Māori rugby league team of 1909. The team was accompanied to Australia by rangatira Hōne Taoai Hetet and Hekemaru Kāwhia, tourist guides Maggie (Mākereti) Papakura and her half-sister Bella (Murai), and an interpreter, David Barclay. The players (with European names in brackets) were Nirai Whareure (Ned McRae, captain), Ariki Haira (Alex Stanaway), Tohe Hērangi (T. Searancke), Pou Kopana (Paul Coban), Rewi Maniapoto (Sid Ellis), Witana Mare (Murray), Hauāuru Pakere (Frank Barclay), Punga Pakere (Glenn Barclay), Te Keepa Pouwhiuwhiu (Ernie Asher), Te Rira Pukere, Riki Papakura, Nikorima Ratete (Nikki Rogers), Tutu Roera (Tutu Royal), Puhipi (Jim) Rukutai, Hone Taonui (John Hetet), Hone Tuki, Arapeta Wharepapa (Albert Asher), Tamati Wikiriwhi (Wilkinson) and Te Kanawa Wi Neera.

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Reference: John Coffey and Bernie Wood, 100 years Maori rugby league 1908-2008. Wellington: Huia, p. 42

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How to cite this page:

Malcolm Mulholland, 'Māori rugby – whutupaoro - Māori and rugby league – history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/39647/new-zealand-maori-league-team-1909 (accessed 26 September 2020)

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