Te Ati Awa


Very little is known about Keeta other than she was from Oakura on the south side of New Plymouth. She married Aterana Te Kani of Manukorihi from North Taranaki and died at Arapaoa Island in Queen Charlotte Sounds near Picton.  Her Te Ati Awa people from Waitara had lands that stretched from Taranaki to Waikanae to Nelson.

Keeta took part in pulling out survey pegs on land in Waitara, delaying the mapping of Māori land for Pākehā purchase. The dispute eventually led to the first New Zealand land wars.1

Lindauer was in Taranaki in 1874 but it is not known whether he met Keeta or not.2


  1. John Wilson. 'History - War, expansion and depression', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 3 March 2009, accessed 25 February 2010
  2. ‘New Plymouth’, Taranaki Herald, vol XXII, issue 2235, 9 September 1874, p 2, Papers Past, accessed 24 February 2010.
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  • Charmaine White - Ngati Tu Whare Toa

    At 6pm on 17 July 2013

    I have a original painting of Keeta and I will be looking for the highest bidders if you are interested....I also have Hamiora Tu for sale. Please contact me ASAP.....Kia-Ora

  • paul

    At 4pm on 10 July 2013

    Hi is the painting Keeta in Auckland art gallery, as my friend as one of these and we dont know if it real or a print

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