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Māori Showbands

The Hi Fives
The Hi Fives circa 1963, Westra, Ans (1936– ), Auckland. Purchased 1993 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

In the 1950s and 60s, when many Maori moved to the cities, showbands like the Maori Hi Five hit the New Zealand pop charts. These bands combined Maori culture, popular music, and comedy into slick cabaret acts that entertained audiences around the world.

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