Ngahiraka (Ema) Kennedy 1842-1890. Tairawhiti Museum Gisborne. Maori, a Moko on her chin, sacred ceremony,direct descendant of the paramount chief who had come from Havaii with the great migration,blue eyed, fair skinned and very beautiful. Her name means “many silks.Maori Cheif Takato and his wahine (women.) This Chief, from Mayor Island, gave Matarena to the Commander James Wood, from H.M.S. Buffalo, as a "comfort wife." From this union Ngahiraka was born in 1842,
44 Captivating Native Maori Portraits From 19th Century New Zealand - Flashbak
In 1815, the first British missionaries arrived in Aotearoa (land of the long white cloud). Dubbed Nieuw Zeeland by adventurer Abel Tasman Nieuw Zeeland, after the Dutch province of Zeeland, the country would be changed in 1840 when the British and many Maori tribes signed the Treaty of Waitangi.