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Tamati Waka Te Puhi lived at Manaia in Thames and was married to
Rangitehau, also from Ngāti Maru.
Te Puhi was active in protecting his tribe's land interests at
Poihakena (Port Jackson was south west of Colville) on the western
tip of the Coromandel Peninsula. In 1869 Te Puhi protested the
purchase of the Hauraki foreshore by the Crown who wanted it as an
endowment for Thames. Te Puhi claimed that Ngāti Maru had not
extinguished title to any of the foreshore.1
This portrait is likely based on a photograph taken by the Foy
Brothers when they were active in Thames between 1872 and 1886.
Joseph Michael Foy and James Joseph Foy considered themselves
photographic artists and had a studio on Pollen Street in Thames.
They offered 'instantaneous portraiture' and a large supply of
views and photographs of Maori.2
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