Story: Waiata tawhito - traditional Māori songs

Haka peruperu, 1934

Haka peruperu, 1934

These men of Ngāti Tūwharetoa are performing a haka peruperu (war dance with weapons) on Waitangi Day 1934. The haka peruperu was traditionally performed immediately before a battle. Its purpose was to inspire warriors to feats of strength and bravery, and to terrify their opponents. 

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Rawinia Higgins and Arini Loader, 'Waiata tawhito - traditional Māori songs - Haka', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Rawinia Higgins and Arini Loader, published 22 Oct 2014