Story: Ngā rōpū – Māori organisations

Confronting the engineering students' haka

Confronting the engineering students' haka

Māori student Hilda Halkyard confronts Auckland University engineering students performing a mock haka in 1978. Māori students found the students' haka offensive and attempted to prevent it by protesting through official channels. In 1979 a group called He Taua confronted students practising the haka. He Taua members were ultimately charged with a number of offences including rioting.

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Reference: Eruera Stirling as told to Anne Salmond, Eruera: the teachings of a Maori elder. Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1980, p. 215

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Basil Keane, 'Ngā rōpū – Māori organisations - Protest organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/29691/confronting-the-engineering-students-haka (accessed 6 July 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017