Story: Māori rugby – whutupaoro

Whakarewarewa Rugby Club

Whakarewarewa Rugby Club

This is Whakarewarewa Rugby Club in the late 19th century.  As Māori became interested in rugby they often formed clubs that had mainly, or only, Māori members. This reflected the fact that in the 19th and early 20th centuries Māori tended to live in rural Māori communities, quite separate from Pākehā living in cities and towns.

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Malcolm Mulholland, 'Māori rugby – whutupaoro - Flaxroots rugby – club and provincial level', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2020)

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