Story: Māori humor - te whakakata

'To a Maori figure cast in bronze outside the chief post office, Auckland'

A larger-than-life Māori statue by Molly McAlister was erected in downtown Auckland in 1967. Five years later Hone Tuwhare wrote a poem addressed to the statue, mixing Māori language with everyday English ('your balls, mate'). Listen to Tuwhare reading this poem, one of the funniest published in New Zealand.

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Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Maori programme, 24 November 1972/Reference ID44642) Courtesy of The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust

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How to cite this page:

Mark Derby, 'Māori humor - te whakakata - Māori humour in the 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/40396/to-a-maori-figure-cast-in-bronze-outside-the-chief-post-office-auckland (accessed 21 November 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013