Story: Kapa Haka

Ngāti Pōneke, about 1938

Ngāti Pōneke, about 1938

Members of Wellington-based Ngāti Pōneke's kapa haka group, probably the first major pan-tribal kapa haka team, are shown here in about 1938. They were performing at Wellington's Majestic Cabaret in a welcome for visiting singer Lawrence Tiber. Standing, from left, are Bert Tomuri, Joe Forester and Rex Cassidy; back row, Doug Sinclair, Noni Tomuri, Joy Stephens, Tim Riwaka, Stan and Mihi Davis; and front row, Miri Heketa, Rangi Ruru, Josie Stephens, Mrs Heketa, Edna Dallas, Riria Utiku and Bennie Watson. 

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Valance Smith, 'Kapa Haka - Urban groups and formal competitions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Valance Smith, published 22 Oct 2014