video – Taonga source: Auckland Deaf Society
Te Pakanga O Whau – The Battle of Whau: Drama by Kelston School for the Deaf
The Battle of Whau: a drama by Kelston Deaf students for the opening ceremony of Kelston School for the Deaf, 7th November 1959.
video – Taonga source: Susan Hamilton
Extended version: Te Pakanga o Whau performs at the opening ceremony of Kelston
The opening of Kelston on a site in Archibald Road featured the infamous ‘Te Pakanga o Whau’ (The Battle of Whau) in 1959 where 86 deaf students acted in an outside play featuring a Māori-Pakeha battle near a big gum tree field.