Story: Māori and sport – hākinakina

Māori tennis players

Māori tennis players

This group of Māori tennis players present a haka pose, with the women holding the tennis rackets as though they are patu (clubs). Over time tennis increased in popularity with Māori, with many grass courts being built on marae. The New Zealand Māori Lawn Tennis Association (which later became the Aotearoa Māori Tennis Association) was formed in 1926.

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Basil Keane, 'Māori and sport – hākinakina - Māori and sport in the early 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 Sep 2013