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Beneath the Māori Moon. An Illustrated History of Māori Rugby—Malcolm Mulholland (2009)

In this book Malcolm Mulholland details the history of the New Zealand Māori rugby team, covering major matches of each decade, the developments in the game and prominent players and administrators

Publication details

Mulholland, M. Beneath the Māori Moon. An Illustrated History of Māori Rugby. Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2009.

About the book

Beneath the Māori Moon traces the origins of the team and the stories behind the team through the decades. Mulholland (Ngāti Kahungngu) includes analysis of the politics behind the side, controversies involving the team and individual players as well as moments of historic triumphs. The book also details the Māori response to the system of apartheid sport in South Africa.

Beneath the Māori Moon includes unique photographs, memorabilia, cartoons, statistics and player interviews.

Winner of Nga Kupu Ora Sports and Recreation Book Award 2009.

Further information 

  • Out of print


This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.