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[Greeting card from Wiremu Puhi Te Hihi]

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  • Description

    Handmade greeting card dating from a visit to England made by Hirini Rawiri Taiwhanga (Sydney Taiwhanga), Wiremu Reweti Puhi Te Hihi, and Hakena Parore (Jackson Parore) in 1882.

    Recto: pressed plant, with a red ink border. Handwritten message in black ink reads: "I runga ite aroha, Wiremu Te Puhi, Akuhata 28 1882".

    Verso: blank

  • Other Id

    EPH-X-8-7 (Reference Number)

    16499 (Presto content ID)

    BJ2095.C5 (Library of Congress Call Number)

    105791 (DBTextworks system ID)

    EPH-MAO-2-8 (Previous Reference Number)

  • Department
i runga iti aroha Wiremu Te Puhi, Auckland War Memorial… … Read more

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  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    [Greeting card from Wiremu Puhi Te Hihi]
  • Primary Maker

     Wiremu Puhi Te Hihi (Creator)

  • Date
  • Physical Description

    1 card : 140 x 106 mm

  • Language
    Te Reo Māori
  • Level of Current Record
  • Is Part Of
  • Media/Materials
  • Subject Category
  • Public Access Text

    In 1882, Hirini Rawiri Taiwhanga (Sydney Taiwhanga) was the spokesman for the delegation that went to England to seek redress of grievances relating to Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi). He and his two companions, Wiremu Reweti Te Puhi Hihi, and Hakena Parore, nephew and grandson respectively, of Parore Te Awha, arrived in England on 25 June 1882.

    See MS-346 and MS-94-62 for further material relating to the group's visit to London in 1882.

  • Subject Notes
    Wiremu Reweti Puhi Te Hihi was a rangatira (chief) from a highly respected Nga Puhi family. In 1882 he accompanied his relative Hakena Parore as part of a delegation led by Hirini Taiwhanga to England to present a petition to Queen Victoria on behalf of Maori seeking redress and restoration for breaches by the colonial government against Maori in contravention of the spirit and intent of the Treaty of Waitangi.

    Wiremu Reweti, who was sent by his uncle Parore Te Awha, a chief of considerable standing, was the eldest member of the three-man delegation. And the only member of the party who was tattooed. Wiremu became the very object of curiosity and amusement when they walked the streets of London; the attention he received because of his facial moko (tattoo) was unwanted and embarrassing.

    Wiremu Reweti Puhi Te Hihi was well attired in the fashion of a gentleman wearing a blue Dittoes suit. His dignified manner and courteous and unaffected bearing endeared him to all who met him.

    [Source: Te Papa -]
  • Copyright
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  • Last Update
    04 Dec 2023
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