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Tamati Waka Nene

Tamati Waka Nene

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  • Sat 18 Jun ’16, 2:00pm – 4:00pm


Russell Museum, 2 York St, Russell


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


Russell Museum

Tamati Waka Nene was a high ranking chief among his own people in the Hokianga. He settled here, on this land, in Russell in his latter years.

These six strikingly carved pou depict “points of illumination” in his life. The first three pou represent his father, Tapua, his mother, Te Kawehau, and his birth into Te Ao Māori / the Maori world. The second three relate to his training, initiation, and prowess in hapu and iwi wars; the death of his children who predeceased him; and He Whakaputanga / Declaration of Independence and Te Tiriti / The Treaty of Waitangi and his promise to support the British Crown.

Shane Whatarau, the carver from Ngati Hau, also produced the pare / lintel for the gateway from the Walker Passage. The pare acknowledges Tamati Waka Nene as a peacemaker, negotiator and kaumatua.

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