This is the tangi of Te Whenuanui at Mataatua in 1907. His body lies in a tent, surrounded by mourners. Te Whenuanui was a respected rangatira and carver from Ngāi Tūhoe. During the New Zealand wars he fought against government forces. He was at the battle of Ōrākau fighting alongside Rewi Maniapoto. Because of the tapu nature of death, the tūpāpaku (corpse) would often lie in a temporary shelter.
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