Story: Moriori

Moriori in 1877

Moriori in 1877

Among these Moriori people, photographed in 1877, were survivors of the 1835 Māori invasion. Hirawanu Tapu (second left, standing), Rohana (second left, sitting) and Tatua (second right, standing) were adolescents at that time, and endured over two decades of slavery. Descendants of survivors include Wari Tutaki (left), Teretiu Rehe (third left, standing), Rangitapua Horomona Rehe (fourth left, standing), Piripi (far right), Ngakikingi (middle, sitting) and Te Tene Rehe (next right).

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Canterbury Museum
Reference: 19XX.2.481
Photograph by Alfred Martin

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How to cite this page:

Denise Davis and Māui Solomon, 'Moriori - Origins of the Moriori people', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Denise Davis and Māui Solomon, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017