31 Dec 2020

Maori headwear through the ages

From Summer Times 2021/2022, 11:44 am on 31 December 2020

Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi got attention for the hat he wore to Parliament following his win in the election in October. 

And his co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer wore an impressive hat, too when she was sworn into Parliament. 

And, as Charlotte Muru-Lanning wrote recently for the Spinoff - they were following a long-held Māori tradition of wearing hats and headdresses.

Chanel Clarke is curator Māori at Auckland Museum - and looks specifically at the social and cultural significance of clothing. 

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Photo: Awhina Kerr