Story: Ngā tuakiri hōu – new Māori identities

Wahine tā moko

Wahine tā moko

Judge Caren Fox (Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata), deputy chief judge of the Waitangi Tribunal and a specialist in international human rights, wears the moko kauae (chin tattoo) and ngutu pūrua (fully tattooed lips). She gained her moko in 2007 from the tohunga tā moko (traditional tattoo artist) Derek Lardelli, after completing a large body of work for the Waitangi Tribunal. Fox said that in 2010 there were at least 120 women in the East Coast region who had received the moko in recent years, indicating a widespread revival of this traditional mark of status.

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Rawiri Taonui, 'Ngā tuakiri hōu – new Māori identities - Māori renaissance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/29816/wahine-ta-moko (accessed 16 December 2019)

Story by Rawiri Taonui, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017