Story: Kapa Haka

UK tour by kapa haka group, 1911

Mākereti (Maggie) Papakura, a Rotorua tourist guide, formed a kapa haka group with her half-sister, Bella, in the early 20th century. The group performed at an exhibition in Sydney in 1910 and was asked by local businessmen to travel to England. The 40-strong touring party included a brass band, a quartet and the solo singer Iwa. This poster advertises their performances at London's famed Crystal Palace Theatre. The tour received widespread and favourable publicity but was a financial disaster. Papakura was later bitterly criticised by her Whakarewarewa community because about half the group's members chose to remain in England. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-D-MAORI-CONCERTS-1911-01

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How to cite this page:

Valance Smith, 'Kapa Haka - 19th-century kapa haka', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Valance Smith, published 22 Oct 2014