Story: Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori

Tirikātene family kahu kiwi

Tirikātene family kahu kiwi

Successive members of the Tirikātene family of Ngāi Tahu have worn the treasured kahu kiwi (kiwi-feather cloak) shown in this photograph. In 1932 Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana, the founder of the Rātana religious and political movement, presented the cloak to Eruera Tirikātene to mark his election as the first Rātana member of Parliament. Eruera later gave it to his daughter, Tini Whetū Marama Tirākatene-Sullivan, a long-serving Labour MP, who wears it in this photo. She in turn gave it to her younger brother Kukupa (left) who has worn it on ceremonial occasions.

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Awhina Tamarapa and Patricia Wallace, 'Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori - Weaving traditions and technique', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/40991/tirikatene-family-kahu-kiwi (accessed 23 February 2020)

Story by Awhina Tamarapa and Patricia Wallace, published 5 Sep 2013