Tuhi Tupene

Tupene was an elder of the Ngāti Rua.

Biographical sources

  • Journal of the Polynesian Society 93.1 (1984): 20-37.


  • "The Complementarity of History and Art in Tutāmure Meeting-House, ōmarumutu Marae, ōpōtiki." Tiwai Amoamo, Tuhi Tupene and Roger Neich. Journal of the Polynesian Society 93.1 (Mar. 1984): 5-37.
  • This essay on the Tutāmure Meeting House is divided into two parts. The first part, entitled ‘The History of Tutamure Meeting-House, ōmarumutu’ was recounted to Neich by Ngāti Rua elders Tiwai Amoamo and Tuhi Tupene. It is a detailed account of the meeting house which was opened in May 1901 and built by Te Awanui Aporotanga, Tupara, Waiapu Te Tawhiro, Te Ua O Te Rangi Oakes, Raimona Papuni, Matiu Repanga, Morehu Heremia, Ponaho Porikapa, Tauha Nikora and others of Ngati Rua. A significant feature of Tutāmure is its series of figurative paintings which Amoamo and Tupene describe in detail observing that they ‘explain the historical circumstances and events relating to the building of Tutamure.’ The article is accompanied by a series of photographs of the rafter paintings. The second part of this paper written by Roger Neich and entitled ‘Discussion’, is a discourse on the role and recognition of folk history with specific reference to the Tutāmure Meeting House.