Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tōtanga
This painting from 1846 by William Fox (1812-1893) shows Fox, Heaphy, Brunner and Kehu (centre, smoking a pipe) resting at Rotoiti in 1846.
The original is held by the Alexander Turnbull library, and is an example of how a variety of materials, from a range of archival institutions, were used to make connections between Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō and our whenua. Kehu’s intimate knowledge of the tracks and trails, and his knowledge of bushcraft and hunting expertise were a source of continual wonder to the Paakeha, whom he saved from injury and starvation on more than one occasion.
Without Kehu’s assistance it would have been impossible for Heaphy and Brunner to have successfully surveyed the lands of Te Tauihu.
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