Story: Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti

Te Kooti

Te Kooti

Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Tūruki was an important Māori prophet and founder of the Ringatū faith. There are surprisingly few images of Te Kooti, and the authenticity of the majority of them is in doubt. This sketch is believed to be an authentic image and was drawn in the 1880s. Formerly said to be the work of Richard Laishley, it is now believed to be the work of Thomas Ryan who was present at Te Kōpua in 1887 during a speech by Te Kooti.

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

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How to cite this page:

Judith Binney, 'Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti - Te Kooti – Ringatū', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/27722/te-kooti (accessed 12 December 2019)

Story by Judith Binney, published 5 May 2011