Ma¯ ori-Crown skir­mishes re­mem­bered

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A week long pro­gramme of events has been planned to take place around South Taranaki in Septem­ber to com­mem­o­rate the

150th an­niver­sary of skir­mishes at Te Ngutu o Te Manu be­tween the Crown and Ma¯ ori forces.

Event com­mit­tee or­gan­iser Daisy No­ble says the events also com­mem­o­rate sev­eral other skir­mishes that hap­pened, col­lec­tively known in the his­tory books as the South Taranaki Cam­paign.

“Septem­ber 7 marks 150 years since one of two skir­mishes at Te Ngutu o Te Manu be­tween Crown forces — led by Lieu­tenant Colonel Thomas McDonnell — and Maori — led by Ti­tokowaru. An ear­lier at­tempt took place on Au­gust 21, 1868. How­ever, other skir­mishes also took place prior to and after what was called Ti­tokowaru’s War.”

It was an at­tack car­ried out by Ti­tokowaru’s men at Tu­ru­tu­rumokai re­doubt on July

12, 1868 — in which sev­eral mem­bers of Crown forces died — which gave rise to the at­tack on Te Ngutu o Te Manu in Au­gust and Septem­ber. In the same year on Novem­ber 7 an at­tack on Mo­turoa Pa was led by Lieu­tenant Colonel Ge­orge Whit­more.

“Events tak­ing place over the week in­clude work­shops on poi, ron­goa (medicine) harakeke (flax work) and mokopapa (tat­too) be­fore the com­mem­o­ra­tion cer­e­mony and en­ter­tain­ment on Fri­day, Septem­ber 7.”

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