Ma¯ ori-Crown skirmishes remembered
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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