Samuel Carnell

Ihaka Whanga, Chief of the Ngati Kahungunu

Ihaka Whanga, Chief of the Ngati Kahungunu by Samuel Carnell

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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.

Title
Ihaka Whanga, Chief of the Ngati Kahungunu
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1870
Medium
albumen photographic print
Dimensions
130 x 90 mm
Inscription
S. CARNELL / PHOTOGRAPHER / NAPIER N.Z.
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2009
Accession no
2009/24
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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