Story: Māori housing – te noho whare

Kāwhia pā, 1910

Kāwhia pā, 1910

This 1910 photograph shows Kāwhia and harbour. By this time many Māori were living in European-style dwellings, but some communities, such as this one, continued to live in traditional whare. Several waka (canoes) are anchored in the harbour and would have been used for fishing. Whata (drying racks for fish) are visible beside the beach. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Miss Burgess Collection (PAColl-6638)
Reference: 1/2-019363-F
Photograph by Enos Silvanus Pegler

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Māori housing – te noho whare - Whare and health', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 June 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013