Story: Traditional Māori songs – waiata tawhito

Haka pōwhiri, 1946

This extract from a 1946 government newsreel shows a haka pōwhiri at Ngāruawāhia in January 1946. The pōwhiri was to welcome home members of the 28th (Māori) Battalion. The haka party includes a large number of women, since so many of the men had been overseas on war service. 

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Reference: Weekly Review 232. National Film Unit, 1946

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Rawinia Higgins and Arini Loader, 'Traditional Māori songs – waiata tawhito - Haka', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

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