Tamihana Te Hoia, Paramount Chief of the Ngati Huia Tribe

Ngāti Huia (? - 1905)


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 Tongarewa


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  • Nattie Tatana - Ngati Huia ki Poroutawhao

    At 10pm on 1 January 2015

    Nattie Tatana Ngati Huia Ki Poroutawhao. I support Jason's comments the portrait should be returned to its rightful place te whare o Ngati Huia ki Poroutawhao where it used to be displayed above all other whanau portraits therefore maintaining the mana of the iwi/hapu and the great person he was.

  • Jason - Ngati Huia

    At 1pm on 29 March 2013

    The National Art Gallery need to return this portrait back to its rightful place 'Ngati Huia marae where it should hang with his people.

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