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Chief Pūkākī and Two Sons 20 Cents New Zealand Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Maori Woodcarving) (Te Arawa)

Chief Pūkākī and Two Sons 20 Cents New Zealand Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Maori Woodcarving) (Te Arawa)

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Chief Pūkākī and Two Sons of Te Arawa 20 Cents New Zealand Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Maori Woodcarving) (Te Arawa)

Reverse: Maori carving depicting Pukaki, a chief of the Ngāti Whakaue iwi (tribe) of Te Arawa
Lettering: 20

Obverse: Third crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, wearing the King George IV State Diadem, legend around, date below.

Issuer New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1990-1998
Value 20 Cents (0.20 NZD)
Currency Dollar (1967-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 11.31 g
Diameter 28.58 mm
Thickness 2.22 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 07-31-2006
Number N# 3913
References KM# 81

Pūkākī was the only child of Tamiuru (Ngāti Pikiao) and Taiwere (Ngāti Whakaue). He became a rangatira of great mana and was a respected chief among his people. Pūkākī was born at Tūtānekai’s Pā, ‘Kaiweka’, on the southern shores of Mokoia Island. When he got older he went to live in Parawai pā at Ngongotahā.

In the early 1800’s, a great carving was made of totara from the Ngongotahā Stream in remembrance of this great Whakaue leader. The carving illustrated Pūkākī embracing his two sons, Wharengaro and Rangitakuku. In the 1830s, Pūkākī stood as a gateway, five or six metres high, at Pukeroa Pā on the hill above Ōhinemutu.

In 1877 Pūkākī was presented by Ngāti Whakaue to Judge Francis Dart Fenton during a hui at Te Papaiōuru marae. Francis Fenton was the person who helped establish the Rotorua township we know today. Giving Pūkākī to the Crown, through Judge Fenton, was a way of showing trust between Ngāti Whakaue and the Crown.

Sadly, Ngāti Whakaue did not know that Pūkākī was given away as a gift to a high powered officer of the Auckland Museum. The meaning behind the gift had been ignored.

In 1984-1987 Pūkākī became one of the great taonga of the Te Māori exhibition that toured the USA. Through the research of Paul Tapsell it was discovered how Pūkākī had come to be in the hands of Auckland Museum. On 4th April 1997 a group of Te Arawa elders met with the Auckland Museum and the Museum agreed that Ngāti Whakaue were still the owners of Pūkākī. On 2nd October 1997, Pūkākī returned home to a spiritual ceremony on Te Papaiōuru marae.

In October 2004 the Reserve Bank was involved in a ceremony with Ngāti Whakaue recognising the image of their tupuna 'Pūkākī' on New Zealand’s 20 cent coin. As part of this acknowledgement, the Reserve Bank Education Award was established. This award was created by the Reserve Bank to honour the descendants of Ngāti Whakaue by offering six children each year under the age of 15 (year 10), who demonstrate leadership ability, an opportunity to experience Wellington for a day and be hosted by the Bank.


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Diane G
Excellent coin, thanks so much.

Excellent coin, thanks so much.

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5 stars review from Vicki

Local B
Authentic minted coins in exact condition...

Authentic minted coins in exact condition as described by seller. Loved how so much care was given to assuring the order was organized, correct and protected for shipping which was lightening fast BTW.

Andrew S
I'm a casual/novice coin collector. I orde...

I'm a casual/novice coin collector. I ordered 21 coins from Elemintal, based on places I've traveled and themes I thought were interesting. They arrived quickly and safely. Each coin was in an individual plastic sleeve, and they were protected by cardstock in a padded envelope. This coin was in very nice condition, especially given its stamped date of 1990. No scuffs or scratches and no tarnish. The coin looks like it has a hint of gold or brass in the picture. It's actually a matte silver color. Thank you!