Story: Māori–Pākehā relations

Phillip Tapsell, whaler

Phillip Tapsell, whaler

Phillip Tapsell, originally from Denmark, was one of many New Zealand whalers who married Māori women. Here he poses with his daughter Kataraina around 1870. Her mother was Hine-e-turama Ngatiki, a high-born Te Arawa woman and Tapsell's third wife. They lived at Maketū in Bay of Plenty, where they owned a large trading station.

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Mark Derby, 'Māori–Pākehā relations - Whaling stations – first contact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 August 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011