Story: Ngā hāhi – Māori and Christian denominations

Te Kooti

Te Kooti

This pencil sketch of Te Kooti, founder of the Ringatū Church, is regarded as one of the most authentic and life-like images of the prophet. It is dated 1887 and indicates that Te Kooti was then visiting at the great Te Arawa meeting house of Tamatekapua in Ōhinemutu, Rotorua. In that period Te Kooti visited several central North Island centres to spread word of his new religion and try to heal the ill-feeling with local people dating from his earlier conflict with them.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-114-004-2
Pencil work by Thomas Aldworth Ryan

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Hirini Kaa, 'Ngā hāhi – Māori and Christian denominations - Ringatū and Rātana', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/31337/te-kooti (accessed 24 September 2021)

Story by Hirini Kaa, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Mar 2017