Treaty at Pā Whakairo

Robley, Horatio Gordon
Production date
20 Jul 1863
Current rights
Public Domain
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About this object
Watercolour on paper depicting a meeting of Europeans and Māori from Hawke's Bay to discuss the Treaty. Several key figures are identified in the painting including: Sir Donald McLean, Chief Porokuru, Te Hāpuku and Tārehā Te Moananui. There are a number of Māori chiefs, Māori women and lady visitors present. Huts and stockade posts/pou can be seen in the background. In the foreground are pots used to prepare a feast.
Production date
20 Jul 1863
Production place
Production period
Production technique
Media/Materials description
Watercolour paint on paper.
Height x Width: 246 x 404mm
H.G. Robley, Signature, Handwritten
20 July 1863, Date of Creation, Handwritten
The Treaty at Pa Whakairo / (Whakairo means / body tattooing / or carving) / The 2 chiefs with Mr MacLean / are Hapuka affressing him / and Te Moana Nui / with tareha (deleted) a pouwhanui) / This picture was a / study. / in barrows is Chief / Porakunu., Inscription, Handwritten
Large Meeting of Settlers & Maoris at a native village near Napier / Hawke's Bay N. Zealand. See para (work is ripped at this point), Inscription, Handwritten
Classification terms
Subject period
Subject date
20 Jul 1863
Collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 41/231
Credit line
gifted by Lady Florence Maclean
Other number(s)
41/231, MMC801, 6557
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