Story: Te tāpoi Māori – Māori tourism

Te Wharepuni-a-Māui

Te Wharepuni-a-Māui

This meeting house was privately carved for T. E. Donne, head of the Department of Tourism and Health Resorts, by a number of craftsmen. It was a model house, and represented Donne’s tendency to recreate an idealised Māori past. It was smaller than most wharenui, and was hired out to the 1906–7 New Zealand International Exhibition in Christchurch where it was named Te Wharepuni-a-Māui. The house was sold to Germany in 1911, and was in a Stuttgart museum in the early 2000s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, William Archer Price Collection (PAColl-3057)
Reference: 1/2-001496; G
Photograph by William Archer Price

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Paul Diamond, 'Te tāpoi Māori – Māori tourism - 20th-century Māori tourism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23716/te-wharepuni-a-maui (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Paul Diamond, published 11 Mar 2010