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Warrior chieftains of New Zealand. Harriett, Heki’s wife, Heki, Kawiti.


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The warrior chieftains of New Zealand. Harriett, Heki’s wife, Heki, Kawiti. Drawn by Jos.h J. Merrett, Drawn on stone by W. Nicholas. Published by Mr W.m Ford, George S.t Sydney. Lithog by W.M. Brownrigg, Surveyor. W. Nicholas. 1846.

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Hocken Pictorial Collections - 11,787


On mount in ink: T.M. Hocken; on label in ink in Dr Hocken’s hand: Hone Heke & Kawiti were the chief leaders in the rebellion of war in the north, 1844-46. Heke belonged to the Ngapuhi Tribe & was a nephew of the celebrated Hongi Hika whose warlike spirit he emulated. He lived for some years at the Paihia mission station doing duty occasionally as a lay reader. He married his cousin Hariata, the beautiful daughter of Hongi. Died Aug 6 1850 & buried close to Pakaraka. Kawiti, a fine specimen of the old savage warrior had command of the Ruapekapeka pa in the war & was a Kawakawa chief. He died in 1854, at 78, at his settlement of Otaikumikumi. He had been baptised by Archdeacon Williams in presence of his old comrades & was dressed in a full suit of black! T.M.H.

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390 x 315 mm


lithograph, hand coloured on paper

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Dr T.M. Hocken’s Collection.


Dr T.M. Hocken’s Collection.


Merrett, Joseph Jenner, 1816-1854, “Warrior chieftains of New Zealand. Harriett, Heki’s wife, Heki, Kawiti.,” | OUR Heritage, accessed November 21, 2019,

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