When Haka Becomes Boogie at Ngā Taonga

When Haka Becomes Boogie at Ngā Taonga

For New Zealand Music Month, Ngā Taonga in Wellington are screening four episodes of the seven-part 1990 television series documenting the history of Māori popular music, concentrating heavily on musicians who played in showbands, cabaret and jazz. The first series in 1990 was so successful that further episodes were made in 1991-92.

Playing as one-feature-length compendium, When Haka Became Boogie will screen at 7:30pm on Wednesday 2 & Thursday 10 May. 

For more information & to book tickets ($10/$8), click here.

 Writing about the series for Audioculture, music historian Chris Bourke said “It showed interviews and performances by many artists who had rarely been acknowledged, and have now gone. But their role in New Zealand’s popular history would no longer be ignored… While the “haka boogie” is still going strong, many of the musicians filmed for “When the Haka Became Boogie” have now passed away. We are lucky that in the early 90s, Tainui Stephens and the TVNZ Māori Unit seized the moment.— Chris Bourke

Episode 1: The Entertainers, 24 mins (first broadcast 14/10/90)

Māori entertainers including Prince Tui Teka, Johnny Cooper “The Māori Cowboy”, Ricky May, Tina Cross, Billy T James, Howard Morrison and others.

Episode 4: The Musos, 24 mins (first broadcast 4/11/1990)

The versatility and excellence of Maori musicians from the showbands to the present day. Including the 358s and Quincy Conserve and interviews with Tama Renata, Peter Morgan, Chad Te Paa, Charlie Tumahai, Denys Mason, Mark Kahi, Barbara Brown, Billy Karaitiana and more. 

Episode 5: The Singers, 24 mins (first broadcast 11/11/90)

Māori singers from opera to rock and the challenges that face them in the music industry. Including: Dennis Marsh and Camille Te Nahu, Sas and Char, Ricky May, Truda Chadwick, Mahinarangi Tocker, Mahia Blackmore, Terry Sorrenson, Fanny Rose Porter, Princess Te Rangi Pai, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Inia Te Wiata, Howard Morrison, Sonny Day, Bunny Walters and others.

Episode 6: From the Streets (first broadcast 18/11/1990)

The future of Māori entertainment. With Upper Hutt Posse, Moana Maniapoto-Jackson, The Consorts, Dalvanius Prime, Patea Maori Club, Ngoi Pewhairangi, Hirini Melbourne, Mahinarangi Tocker, Robbie Renata, Dread Beat and Blood, Moana and the Moah Hunters and more.