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Wiremu Te Manewha was born at Maungatautari, south of Cambridge.
His mother was Hikitia of Ngāti Raukawa. He married Raita Te
Wahanga of Ngāti Raukawa and they had a daughter Enereta Te
Te Manewha was also known as Wiremu Kingi Te Manewha and he
moved to Otaki under Te Whatanui around 1834 to join Ngāti Toa rangatira Te Rauparaha in his efforts
to control Wellington and the coastline north of the district. By
the 1890s, Te Manewha was one of few rangatira who did not convert
to Christianity. He died on 16 November 1891 in Otaki.1
On the cover of James Cowan's book Pictures of Old New
Zealand (1930) is the image of Te Manewha's lifemask.
The cast of was taken by Sir Walter Buller2 and Gottfried Lindauer for the
purposes of display. Two masks were made and retained by Buller and
Lindauer. This 1893 commentary notes some of the objects displayed
in the New Zealand Court exhibit at the Imperial Institute in
London, including a wax model of Te Manewha. This is the
During the last few days Sir Walter Buller has made a striking
addition to the objects of interest in the New Zealand Court. This
is a most lifelike group of Maoris, of full size and beautifully
modelled in wax. They are in characteristic positions, and clad in
true Maori costume. The group consists of a man, woman, and girl.
The man, who is elaborately tattooed all over the face, is a model
of Wiremu Kingi te Manewha, the well-known Ngatiraukawa chief, of
whose face Sir Walter brought home a plaster cast. He is standing
beside the moa skeletons, and in front of the great kauri plank,
thus giving a good idea of proportions, and is dressed in an
embroidered robe of finely dressed flax, with a rough shoulder mat
above, whilst he holds in his right hand the carved staff or
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