Story: Māori architecture – whare Māori

Kāuta, around 1900

Kāuta, around 1900

This kāuta (cooking shed) was in use at Parihaka, Taranaki, around 1900. The front wall appears to be made from short sections of unmilled timber – these could also serve as fuel for the cooking fires. The women are wearing white feathers in their hair, a sign that they are followers of Te Whiti-o-Rongomai, the founder and spiritual leader of the Parihaka community.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, W. A. Collis Collection
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Photograph by W. A. Collis

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Deidre Brown, 'Māori architecture – whare Māori - First Māori buildings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)

Story by Deidre Brown, published 22 Oct 2014