Story: Māori housing – te noho whare

Rāwiri Taiwhanga's house

Rāwiri Taiwhanga's house

Pre-colonial European sealers and whalers often lived in whare, but a few built European-style dwellings, leading some Māori to build European-style houses of their own. Among the first to do so was Ngāpuhi chief Rāwiri Taiwhanga. He erected this cob house with a wood-shingle roof in 1831 at Paihia, in Northland, and lived there until 1834. This undated photograph shows the dwelling in a deteriorated condition.

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Ben Schrader, 'Māori housing – te noho whare - Wharepuni to European house', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013