Story: Māori humor – te whakakata

Broad humour on marae

Like other peoples, Māori find humour in embarrassing situations, and often it is humour of a frank and impolite kind. In this clip from a 1994 episode of the Māori-language television programme Waka huia, Ngāti Porou kaumatua Cassidy Tangaere describes a tauparapara, or ritual chant of warning, used to open a speech on a marae. In this case, he explains, the warning refers to an unfortunate mishap that can occur to anyone who indulges in the hospitality offered in the dining room. 

Using this item

TVNZ Television New Zealand

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Mark Derby, 'Māori humor – te whakakata - Māori humour in the 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013