3 Dec 2010

Ancestral portrait welcomed

6:02 am on 3 December 2010

Descendants of Te Rarawa chief Pautea Atama Paparangi have welcomed the gift of a portrait of their ancestor to the Nelson Provincial Museum.

The small painting by Charles Goldie is an anonymous donation from an Auckland family, which has owned it since 1964.

Nelson architect John Palmer, one Paparangi's many descendants who attended the opening, says his great-great-grandfather became a good friend of the painter and sat for him many times before his death in 1917 - the year before the painting was completed.

Waatea news reports another painting of the northern chief, which had been owned by Dame Kiri te Kanawa, recently sold at auction for $573,000.