Story: Families: a history

Māori and Pākehā families: whānau at Te Ariki (1st of 2)

Māori and Pākehā families: whānau at Te Ariki

A Māori family pose outside their home in the kāinga, or village, of the chief Tamahana, at Te Ariki at the head of Lake Tarawera. The photograph was taken before the eruption of Mt Tarawera near Rotorua in 1886, which destroyed or submerged the famous Pink and White Terraces and buried Te Ariki under 12 metres of mud. This family's home appears to be the dwelling at the back right, one of a group of homes built on or against a hill and collectively fenced. A toddler is tucked into the crook of his father's arm, while two little girls sit at his feet.

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Ian Pool and Rosemary Du Plessis, 'Families: a history - Colonial families: 1840–1879', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/30194/maori-and-pakeha-families-whanau-at-te-ariki (accessed 17 November 2019)

Story by Ian Pool and Rosemary Du Plessis, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jul 2017