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The parents of Tamihana Te Hoia came south from Maungatautari in
the Ngāti Raukawa migrations of the early 1820s. The family moved
from Kapiti to the mainland after a few years. Tamihana Te Hoia was
born at Rangiuru, near Ōtaki Beach. He became the leading figure of
Ngāti Huia after the death of his eldest brother, Hirama Te Hoia. A
skilled orator, he was said to be a strong-willed leader. He died
in 1905. The National Art Gallery acquired the portrait from
descendents of Tamihana Te Hoia in 1968.
Dougal Austin, Curator Māori and William McAloon, Curator
Historical New Zealand Art, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa
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