Story: Māori housing – te noho whare

Kaiwhaiki kāinga, 1860s (3rd of 3)

Kaiwhaiki kāinga, 1860s

This eerie photograph shows a kāinga at Kaiwhaiki, on the banks of the Whanganui River. The image was captured by a colonial soldier during the 1860s wars between Māori and colonial forces. The absence of residents suggests the village had been abandoned before the arrival of his troop. In the background is a wharenui (meeting house) and a raised pātaka (storehouse). The other buildings are wharepuni, but are distinguished from pre-colonial structures by their higher walls.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Haines Album
Reference: PA1-f-027-26-2

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Māori housing – te noho whare - Wharepuni to European house', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013