Story: Māori theatre – te whare tapere hōu

Harry Dansey, 1979

Harry Dansey, 1979

Harry Dansey (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) became the first published Māori playwright when his play Te raukura: the feathers of the albatross appeared in 1972. It portrayed Te Whiti's passive resistance movement in Taranaki, the home of Dansey's wife's people. In 1975 Dansey became race relations conciliator. This 1979 photo shows him judging the haka competition at Ōtāhuhu College, Manukau.

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Mark Derby and Briar Grace-Smith, 'Māori theatre – te whare tapere hōu - Origins of Māori theatre', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by Mark Derby and Briar Grace-Smith, published 22 Oct 2014