Pare Watene


Ngāti Maru

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Little is known of Pare Watene who is also known as Pare Watana.1 According to James Cowan, her father was Hemi Watene of Ngati Maru.

Lindauer's 1878 portrait of Pare Watene is a good likeness of the Foy Brothers photograph taken in Thames between 1871 and 1878. The name Whakaarorangi is inscribed on the back of the photograph and this was her married name.

Lindauer was not the only artist to paint a portrait of Pare.  J. Gant had a number of portraits of Maori available for sale in 1888 in Wellington. His portrait of Pare went to auction with the title Pari Whakaarorangi a Waikato Chieftaness alongside a portrait of King Tawhiao.2


  1. A Pare Watana was registered as being born in Hauraki about 1858. This Pare Watana died in 1899. The entry lists her mother’s name as Haereiti and her father’s name as Watana. Her ‘spouse’ name was listed as Timo and they married in 1876. The record was submitted by a member of the Latter Day Saints Church:
  2. ‘Page 3 Advertisements Column 4’, Evening Post, vol XXXV, issue 67, 21 March 1888, p 3, Papers Past, accessed 26 February 2010.
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  • Anonymous

    At 8pm on 24 February 2015

    APOLOGIES the post regarding American Slavery was on PINTEREST

  • Anonymous

    At 8pm on 24 February 2015

    Just wanted to bring to your attention. Pare has been pinned to a post as being linked to Americans. She came up under the title of slavery. She has been added by a Najmah Muhammad from Maryland and is under the title Root

  • Sandra Jones

    At 6am on 14 November 2014

    Would it be possible to purchase a reproduction of this fabulous painting? We would love to have it as a remembrance of our wonderful trip to New Zealand

  • Caroline McBride

    At 9am on 31 January 2012

    Kia ora Shirley, Thank you for your enquiry. We always suggest to people that they get in contact with a registered valuer to have artworks appraised and valued. If you would like us to provide you with a list of valuers please email

  • Shirley Barnett - Ngati Tuwharetoa; Ngati Hikairo (hapu); Ngati Karauia

    At 8pm on 22 October 2011

    We have three paintings in an estate collection from Peter Webb Galleries Ltd - auctioneers and appraisers, Auckland. These have the following reference numbers: 6504/21 PRXX; 6504/31 PRX- ; and the third one has the sticker damaged and can't be read. The portraits are of Kawene Te Haho; Te Hira Te Kawau and Pare Watene. They are painted on Rangiora leaves and when purchased we were told that they were by Lindauer. Can you please advise of any information you can share that would help us with the value of these or the authenticity of these. Thank you for your help in this matter.

  • Ron Pai - Waikato, Hauraki, Taranaki

    At 2pm on 22 July 2011

    Historical, Court, whanau and her moko-kauae says she is ours. Pare Hemotitaha Watene died 1926, Kete marae, Hawera. She had four children to Te Hau Abraham of Nga Rauru and has a number of feisty descendants. Her parents, Hema Watene 1821 – 1913 of Ngati Ruanui mostly and his 3rd wife, Ihipera Turei of Ngati Whanaunga and Nga Rauru were long time residents of Kawakawa bay, Hauraki. Hema’s brother, Hemi had a Te Uri Karaka family.

  • Hailey Watene - Ngati Maru

    At 8pm on 15 May 2011

    my aunty has alot of info on pare watene she also has gained info on matene te nga as she has looked into where we have come from.

  • Craig Solomon - Marutuahu Hauraki

    At 10pm on 25 September 2010

    Tena koe Donald we tautoko your comments on this Kuia , she was indeed from here on the whenua we reside on today "Te Mata" the whanau on these blocks where Ngati Nau nau and Karaua to name some, you are whanau too as i reconise your name, kia ora katoa.

  • Donald Hogg - Ngati Maru

    At 5pm on 5 September 2010

    There's little doubt the Ngati Maru woman painted by Lindauer from the Foy photograph was indeed Pare Watana, and that along the way the spelling of her surname was corrupted. Pare Watana was the eldest of the three aughters of Watana (father) and Haeriti (mother). Her younger sisters were Mere and Te Arani. The sisters were born and grew to adolescence on Watana whanau land near Manaia Harbour on the north-west coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. The family later lived, also on family land at Tararu, just north of Thames. A korowai that belonged to her younger sister Te Arani, together with a pui pui and head band are on permanent display at the Waikato University library.A family named Watene, also Ngati Maru,were centred on Kopu, close to Thames. Pare Watana's whakapapa was established by the Maori Land Court in 1973 in hearings concerning land at Tararu. WU has a copy.

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