1921-0001-1 Dr. Featherston and the Maori Chiefs, Wi Tako and Te Puni 1857-58.
This painting depicts Dr. Isaac Featherston together with Wi Tako Ngatata and his uncle Honiana Te Puni. In reality Featherston, seen here wearing his New Zealand Cross, was a man of small physical stature. Wi Tako is represented as a man in his ‘middle’ years. Honiana Te Puni, now advanced in years, was so highly regarded by Sir George Grey, Governor of New Zealand, that Grey asked him if he would be one of his two heralds during his Knighthood ceremony. The other herald was the indomitable Ngā Puhi chief, Eruera Maihi Patuone.