Story: Tūranga i te hapori – status in Māori society

Rāpata Wahawaha

Rāpata Wahawaha

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.

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Oil painting by Gottfried Lindauer

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Tūranga i te hapori – status in Māori society - Changes in leadership, 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/31133/rapata-wahawaha (accessed 29 January 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011