Violent history behind MTG taonga

In the MTG Hawke's Bay collection is a very plain, rather flat hei tiki.

This seemingly unimposing taonga once belonged to Te Rauparaha (Ngati Hikairo and Ngati Toa) from Kawhia – his original hau kainga, place of home.

Te Rauparaha subsequently became the chief of Ngati Toa, when their chief died. There is a carving of Te Rauparaha inside the Ngati Hikairo meeting house at Kawhia, although in his homeland Te Rauparaha, along with his Ngati Toa followers, is not held in high regard due to his warmongering ways.


This hei tiki was with Te