Rāpata Wahawaha was a military leader from Ngāti Porou. As a child he was a captive slave, but was eventually returned to his people. Despite his time as a slave, he rose to be an important leader of his people.
Māori Portraits Offer a Window into New Zealand’s Colonial History
Gottfried Lindauer's portraits present a collective history of colonial New Zealand, capturing individual identities in a time of great social change and upheaval.
Te Hapuku of Ngāti Te Whatu-i-apiti, Hawkes Bay
On 24 June 1840, Thomas Bunbury and Edward Williams left the HMS Herald and went ashore at Hawkes Bay, landing near Tukituki River. They were there to gain the signature of paramount Ngāti Te Whatu-i-apiti rangatira, Te Hapuku, who had signed the 1835 Declaration of Independence (www.flickr.com/photos/archivesnz/10430000633). Te Hapuku, sometimes called Te Ika-nui-o-te-moana, was born in the late eighteenth century. His kinship links within Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Ngāti Ira and other…