Ruhia, daughter-in-law of Rira Porutu, [18?]
Reference Number: PAColl-5345-1
Ruhia, daughter-in-law of Rira Porutu, paramount chief of Ngati Awa at Thorndon, wearing the kakahu (cloak) which she had thrown over Thomas Wilmor McKenzie and another boy, shortly after their arrival in Wellington as orphans in 1840, to protect them from being killed by Rira Porutu after they had inadvertently strayed on to a tapu site.
Tahiwi, Mairatea, 1908-1988 :Photographs of Ruhia, daughter-in-law of Rira Porutu, and the funeral procession of Thomas Wilmor McKenzie, Reference Number PAColl-5345 (2 digitised items)
Extent: 1 b&w copy photographic print(s)Resin coated paper print 16.1 x 13.1 cm. Vertical imageSingle photograph
Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted
Inscriptions: Inscribed - Verso - top centre: Ruhia daughter-in-law of paramount chief Porutu of Ngati-Awa, wearing the kakahu or cloak
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