Art has long been used as propaganda – to persuade or influence – as can be seen in a comparison of this Joseph Merrett sketch of Okataina pā (top) and the later lithograph based on the sketch. The sketch was drawn in 1841 and shows a pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony) under way outside the pā's fortifications. When it was reproduced as a lithographic print in London the following year, the people had been erased from the scene. This reinforced the idea that New Zealand was an empty landscape waiting for European occupation.
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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-216-f-179; PUBL-0076-071
Drawing by Joseph Jenner Merrett
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