A cloak woven of finest flax fibre and decorated with patterned borders, feathers or tassels was more than just a warm garment – it proclaimed the wearer’s status.
Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki leader
Known to Māori as Hēni Kara, the high-born Hēni Materoa Carroll lent her mana and practical support to the political projects of her husband, James Carroll, and his younger parliamentary colleague Āpirana Ngata.Find out more
Accountant, politician, prime minister
During a time of great social change from the 1960s to 1980s, politician and prime minister Rob Muldoon fought to preserve the old order, winning both faithful support and vehement opposition with his combative style of politics.Find out more
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