Story: King, Michael

Recording moko

Michael King as a bearded young man, seated on concrete steps outside a house with Ngakahikatea Whirihana, an elderly Māori woman with a moko (facial tattoo).

Michael King with Ngakahikatea Whirihana of Matahura, a kuia he met while reporting Māori stories for the Waikato Times. King’s fascination with her moko led him and photographer Marti Friedlander to produce a photograph book showcasing 70 elderly women with moko. Watch King and Friedlander reminisce about the experience in Shirley Horrocks’ documentary Marti: the passionate eye (2004).

Using this item

Gerrard and Marti Friedlander Trust
by Marti Friedlander

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips. 'King, Michael', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2022. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/6k3/king-michael (accessed 24 April 2024)