Story: Māori and museums – ngā whare taonga

Te Toki-a-Tāpiri at Auckland Museum, around 1900 (1st of 1)

Te Toki-a-Tāpiri ki Tāmaki Paenga Hira, i te tau 1900 pea

The waka taua (war canoe) Te Toki-a-Tāpiri, which is held at Auckland Museum, was built around 1836 for Te Waaka Tarakau of Ngāti Kahungunu. It was given to Te Waaka Perohuka of Rongowhakaata, who, with master carver Raharuhi Rukupō, carved the tauihu (prow) and taurapa (stern post). Rongowhakaata presented the waka to Tāmati Wāka Nene and Patuone of Ngāpuhi in 1853, as a symbol of peacemaking. The waka was sold to Ngāti Te Ata at Waiuku and then confiscated by the government in 1863. The government gave Paora Tūhaere of Ngāti Whātua guardianship over Te Toki-a-Tāpiri. In the 1870s and 1880s he negotiated for the canoe to be placed in Auckland Museum to ensure its protection.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
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How to cite this page:

Paora Tapsell, 'Māori and museums – ngā whare taonga - Māori engage with museums, 1870s to 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/44077/te-toki-a-tapiri-ki-tamaki-paenga-hira-i-te-tau-1900-pea (accessed 10 July 2020)

Story by Paora Tapsell, published 22 Oct 2014