Directed by Tainui Stephens, this 1990 TVNZ series surveyed Māori contemporary music. This second episode looks at the showband era (1950s - 70s), when musicians mixed genres (electric guitar, rock’n’roll) with Māori culture, to make a unique contribution to Kiwi show business. Acts like The Howard Morrison Quartet, The Māori Volcanics, The Quin Tikis and The Māori Hi-Five took songs from marae to international cabarets. Music historian Chris Bourke praised the series for marking the role of showbands in the whakapapa of entertainers from Billy T James to Rim D Paul.
Such was the success of their stylish combination of musical talent and humour, that foreign promotors would routinely sign up Māori showbands without even auditioning them; simply that they were Māori was a good enough guarantee of popularity. And one of the first and most famous was the Māori Hi-Five.– Narrator Elle Hughes
Chris Bourke backgrounds the Haka Became Boogie TV series, AudioCulture website, January 2018
2005 Radio New Zealand series on Māori showbands, presented by Piripi Walker
AudioCulture entry on Rim D Paul and The Quin Tikis, by Chris Bourke