Tamati Waka Te Puhi


Ngāti Maru

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Tamati Waka Te Puhi lived at Manaia in Thames and was married to Rangitehau, also from Ngāti Maru.

Te Puhi was active in protecting his tribe's land interests at Poihakena (Port Jackson was south west of Colville) on the western tip of the Coromandel Peninsula. In 1869 Te Puhi protested the purchase of the Hauraki foreshore by the Crown who wanted it as an endowment for Thames. Te Puhi claimed that Ngāti Maru had not extinguished  title to any of the foreshore.1

This portrait is likely based on a photograph taken by the Foy Brothers when they were active in Thames between 1872 and 1886. Joseph Michael Foy and James Joseph Foy considered themselves photographic artists and had a studio on Pollen Street in Thames. They offered 'instantaneous portraiture' and a large supply of views and photographs of Maori.2


  1. ‘The Thames Municipality Petition. Kauaeranga (part of Hauraki) ’, October 26, 1869, Daily Southern Cross, vol XXV, issue 3808, 2 November 1869, p 4, http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz, accessed 2 March 2010
  2. ‘Page 1 Advertisements Column 3’, Te Aroha News, vol I, issue 33, 19 January 1884, p 1, http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz, accessed 2 March 2010.
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  • Craig Solomon - Marutuahu Hauraki / Ngapuhi

    At 7pm on 20 September 2010

    Tena Koutou Katoa, Thankyou for the lovely page on my Koro "Waaka Te Puhi" He was a man of great influence and standing in our area here and was a leading Rangatira of the Marutuahu Confediration here in Hauraki. My Whanau here in Manaia Coromandel are the closest whanaunga to him as our Kuia is Mere Tiki Te Puhi Waaka first cousin, Waakas to sons Wetea and Tukehu were slain by Ngapuhi in the cowardly attack of our Hapus "Te Uringahu's Pa at Totara in Thames, we are still longing for the return of our Tupunas Greenstone Meres stolen by Ngapuhi as they were given in good faith and peace the day before the attack to them then they attacked us the very next night!!!!we never recovered our Taonga,"I will wait for them to come home to us until the day i die. Tamati Waka Te Puhi had Mana on the land and the sea as indicated from the moko under his ear. Heoi Ano Craig Solomon Manaia

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