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Child's wrap ; ; Wright, Eterina; c1875; ME004849/1

Name/Title
Child's wrap

About this object
Eterina Hokokakahu Aperahama of Akitio, in the Wairarapa, made this beautiful child's wrap in 1875 for newborn infant Florence Rogers. The wrap, used as a decorative outer garment, is said to be indicative of those traditionally made for children of noble birth, and is constructed using the kete-whakawaitara (ornamental weaving) technique.

Eterina, daughter of the Wairarapa chief Aperahama Te Apütüranga and Hine-rireia, was employed by Florence's parents shortly after her birth to care for her, and immediately began to weave a suitable cloak as a wrap for baby Florence.

Florence Rogers was the daughter of Oahanga ferryman Charles Rogers, who later owned the Club Hotel at Castlepoint on the lower east coast of the North Island. Rogers and his family later resettled in Wellington where Florence worked as a nurse. In 1949 Florence Rogers, then aged seventy-four, presented the cloak to Te Papa's predecessor, the Dominion Museum.

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Maker Role
weaver
Date Made
c1875
Place Made
New Zealand
Place Notes
Wairarapa
Medium and Materials
Muka (processed flax fibre) kaupapa (base), dyed; woven in the kete-whakawaitara pattern

Credit Line
Gift of Nurse Florence Rogers, 1949

Object Type
cloak
Object number
ME004849/1

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Peter Ammunson31 Oct 2016 02:36 AM,UTC
Tena koe,
Eterina is my mother Mizpah's grea-great grandmother: Eterina had Louisa Pane Wright; who had May Power; who had Te Orora Laura Rautu; who had Mizpah Meta Pere Matthews. Eterina's mother is in fact Hera Riria as stated by Te Orora Laura Rautu (born 18-12-1905) who was raised by Hera Riria's granddaughter Louise Pane Wright. I'm interested in who supplied the names Eterina Hokokakahu Aperahama; Aperahama Te Apütüranga and Hine-rireia.
Peter Ammunson31 Oct 2016 02:35 AM,UTC
Tena koe,
Eterina is my mother Mizpah's grea-great grandmother: Eterina had Louisa Pane Wright; who had May Power; who had Te Orora Laura Rautu; who had Mizpah Meta Pere Matthews. Eterina's mother is in fact Hera Riria as stated by Te Orora Laura Rautu (born 18-12-1905) who was raised by Hera Riria's granddaughter Louise Pane Wright. I'm interested in who supplied the names Eterina Hokokakahu Aperahama; Aperahama Te Apütüranga and Hine-rireia.
Peter Ammunson31 Oct 2016 02:35 AM,UTC
Tena koe,
Eterina is my mother Mizpah's grea-great grandmother: Eterina had Louisa Pane Wright; who had May Power; who had Te Orora Laura Rautu; who had Mizpah Meta Pere Matthews. Eterina's mother is in fact Hera Riria as stated by Te Orora Laura Rautu (born 18-12-1905) who was raised by Hera Riria's granddaughter Louise Pane Wright. I'm interested in who supplied the names Eterina Hokokakahu Aperahama; Aperahama Te Apütüranga and Hine-rireia.