The rediscovery in 2003 of the historic Māori Visitors' Book (1901-1918) has opened up new ways of understanding the significance of Gottfried Lindauer's portraits of Māori. Now transcribed and translated by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori - The Māori Language Commission, the comments left in the Visitors' Book provide indelible evidence of the portrait sitters' mana. The Māori Visitors' Book was kept with a companion Pākēha Book in the tiny Lindauer Art Gallery above Henry Partridge's shop in Queen Street, Auckland. The famous Partridge Collection of Lindauer portraits and scenes of Māori life were displayed here from 1901 until 1913 before being gifted to the Auckland Art Gallery in 1915. Read more...


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  • william drummond - ngati maungaraniera mount rainier washington state

    At 4pm on 9 November 2010

    aroha.great pictures of old time ora

  • william drummond - ngati maungaraniera mount rainier

    At 3pm on 9 November 2010

    great taonga for all.

  • hoana peterson - ngati aukiwa/ngati kahu

    At 1pm on 15 October 2010

    kia ora whanau i just wanted to know where was patuone born and wheres his home town

  • Melanie Cottrell - Te Aroa

    At 12pm on 16 August 2010


  • Ngahiraka Mason - Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Arawa, Ngāiterangi

    At 11am on 15 July 2010

    Tena rawa atu koe Te Pikikotuku. Kai te tika tau. Aroha mai. While the comment is incorrect -as you have rightly pointed out- it is an historic comment recorded in the pukapuka manuhiri in 1902. I will attach a note to our records for Rewi Manga Maniapoto, noting your korero.

  • Te Pikikotuku - N'Maniapoto

    At 12pm on 2 July 2010

    I note in gallery visitors book a comment about Tupotahi being a brother to Manga Maniapoto. see following extract...... "Mei 24 (1902) Tupotahi Tukorehu (memo - brother of Rewi Manga Maniapoto) Kihikihi " For your information, Tupotahi and Manga were in fact cousins not brothers. Their grandfathers were half brothers....

  • Nikolasa Biasiny-Tule - Ngati Puerto Rico

    At 12pm on 22 June 2010

    Wow!! Ka tino rawe, me tino ataahua, incredible, especially love seeing the comments from back in te ra!

  • James Pinker

    At 11am on 22 June 2010

    Kia ora to all involved with this amazing website. He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata Mai i te Aroha, Ko te Aroha

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