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This is a photographic portrait of Ihaka Whanga, a kaumatua (elder) from Ngati Kahungunu, an iwi (tribe) from the Hawkes Bay region. The image was copied by Gottfried Lindauer for his portrait of the Māori chief held in the Gallery’s collection (1915/2/14).
Ihaka Whanga was born in 1808 and he died at Mahia in 1875. He is buried at the southern tip of the Mahia peninsula, marked by a memorial stone. Married three times to women from influential families within Ngati Kahungunu, he lived out the saying Te Kupenga a Te Huki or The net of Te Huki which means to maintain unity and peace by marrying within the tribe.
- Ihaka Whanga, Chief of the Ngati Kahungunu
- Production date
- circa 1870
- albumen photographic print
- 130 x 90 mm
- S. CARNELL / PHOTOGRAPHER / NAPIER N.Z.
- Credit line
- Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2009
- Accession no
- Copying restrictions apply
- New Zealand Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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