Story: Cultural go-betweens

Tom Adamson, kūpapa Pākehā–Māori

Tom Adamson, kūpapa Pākehā–Māori

Tom Adamson (left), seen here with Wiremu Mutu, was a Pākehā–Māori who fought with Whanganui kūpapa (pro-government) Māori during the New Zealand Wars. Adamson was a scout and bushman who pursued Tītokowaru's fighters in Taranaki in 1869. The historian James Cowan described him as 'a big, powerful fellow who surpassed the Maoris themselves in bushcraft and endurance'. (James Cowan, The adventures of Kimble Bent. London: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1911, p. 282.)

Using this item

Hocken Library, University of Otago
Reference: S03-095

Permission of the Hocken Library Uare Taoka o Hakena, University of Otago, must be obtained before any re-use of this image. Further information may be obtained from the Library through its website.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Mark Derby, 'Cultural go-betweens - Pākehā–Māori', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/26792/tom-adamson-kupapa-pakeha-maori (accessed 18 November 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 May 2018