Story: Ngāpuhi

Nukutawhiti, by Thomas Kendall

Nukutawhiti, by Thomas Kendall

The Ngāpuhi ancestor Nukutawhiti was the captain of the Ngātokimatawhaorua canoe. This famous 1824 drawing by the missionary Thomas Kendall shows him in the first state of existence. Kendall’s notes and artwork accompanied carvings which were sent to England at the time.

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Pencil and ink drawing by Thomas Kendall

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How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngāpuhi - Canoes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 April 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017