This magnificent kaitaka paepaeroa (fine flax cloak with vertical weft rows and tāniko borders) has a unique history. It belonged to a woman of high status who had considerable mana. In traditional society, the mana of such people permeated their belongings. In 1840 it this cloak saved the life of a young European immigrant who had inadvertently breached the laws of tapu. Its owner threw her cloak over the boy, placing him under her personal protection.
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