Story: Māori and sport – hākinakina

New Zealand Māori team versus South Africa, 1921

New Zealand Māori team versus South Africa, 1921

The New Zealand Māori rugby team performs a haka to the visiting South African team at Napier in 1921. Controversy erupted following the game when a telegram from a South African journalist was leaked to the press. It claimed that the South Africans had not wanted to play Māori players and said that it was terrible to see local white New Zealanders cheering for Māori against the white South Africans.

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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, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/41467/new-zealand-maori-team-versus-south-africa-1921 (accessed 16 May 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 Sep 2013