Story: Kapa haka – Māori performing arts

Āpirana Ngata leads a haka

Āpirana Ngata leads a haka

Prominent Māori leader and politician Āpirana Ngata leads the haka at the opening of Te Whare Rūnanga meeting house at Waitangi on 6 February 1940, the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. As well as being an exponent of haka, Ngata encouraged the development of waiata-ā-ringa (action songs) from the early 20th century.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
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Valance Smith, 'Kapa haka – Māori performing arts - 20th-century innovations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/43927/apirana-ngata-leads-a-haka (accessed 23 September 2021)

Story by Valance Smith, published 22 Oct 2014