Story: Māori and sport – hākinakina

Te Aute College prefects with cricket bats

Te Aute College prefects with cricket bats

This 1880 picture shows Te Aute College students, some of whom are holding cricket bats. While cricket was played at Te Aute, it was difficult to develop players as the long summer holidays, when the boys went home, came in the middle of the cricket season. Cricket has always been a comparatively unpopular game among Māori.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Photograph by Charles William Athol

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Basil Keane, 'Māori and sport – hākinakina - Māori and sport in the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 March 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 Sep 2013