Story: Kapa haka – Māori performing arts

Rotorua concert party, 1920s

Rotorua concert party, 1920s

This poster advertises a performance by the Arawa Maori Entertainers, a professional Rotorua concert party, some time between 1924 and 1930. The group was formed by the celebrated Whakarewarewa tourist guide Rangitīaria Dennan (Guide Rangi). Other members included the singer Ana Hato, who, in 1927, contributed to the first commercial sound recording made in New Zealand.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: EPH-A-MAORI-CONCERT-1935-01

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Valance Smith, 'Kapa haka – Māori performing arts - 19th-century kapa haka', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2020)

Story by Valance Smith, published 22 Oct 2014