Tutaetaka Island, Katikati (1899)

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Tutaetaka Island, Katikati (1899).


Photograph of Tutaetaka Island taken by Emily Surtees in 1899. The island is located inside Tauranga harbour and is used by Māori from Katikati's Te Rereatukahia Marae as an urupa (burial ground). When there was a funeral the casket was loaded onto the back of a truck and driven down Beach Road and through Leech's farm. From there, depending on the tides, the casket was walked across to the island for burial.

Photograph Credit: Emily Surtees Photographic Collection. Photographer: Emily Surtees (nee Stewart) (Eldest child of George Vesey and Margaret Stewart). Courtesy of Elizabeth Smith and Ellen McCormack. 

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