Story: Tūhawaiki, Hone

Moko of Hone Tūhawaiki

Leader of Ngāi Tahu in Murihiku (the southern part of the South Island) for a decade from the mid-1830s, Hone Tūhawaiki was highly influential in the early period of European contact. He used an image of his elaborate moko (facial tattoo) in place of a signature on legal documents.

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How to cite this page:

Atholl Anderson. 'Tūhawaiki, Hone', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1990. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 October 2021)