Story: Wairarapa region

Nuku-pewapewa carving

Nuku-pewapewa carving

This carving depicting the Ngāti Kahungunu leader Nuku-pewapewa is in the meeting house at Te Herenga Waka marae, Victoria University of Wellington. A skilled tactician and fighter, Nuku-pewapewa was instrumental in the return of Ngāti Kahungunu’s Wairarapa lands from the Te Āti Awa tribe’s leader Te Wharepōuri in the early 1840s. Nuku-pewapewa was named after his moko (facial tattoo), which was the pewapewa pattern.

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Te Tumu Herenga Waka Marae, Victoria University of Wellington

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa region - Māori settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/12077/nuku-pewapewa-carving (accessed 26 August 2019)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 3 Mar 2017