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Mortally wounded at Waireka during skirmishes August 1860 AWMM
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Aperahama Wetoi of Ngatihaumia is identified by Grayling (1862:93; see Fig. 3) as dying at Waireka in August 1860.
From the end of July to early September there was skirmishing between troops based at Waireka Camp, on top of Waireka Hill, and Taranaki and Ngati Ruanui who had established stockades and rifle pits along the top of the Tapuae ridge now traversed by the main road (Prickett 1994:41–44). Aperahama, the Taranaki chief's death was reported in The Taranaki Herald 1 September 1860 on information received from Ropata Ngarongomate. He was shot while in the trenches, and was at a considerable distance from the British redoubt. He was reported to have been taken to Okawa for burial.
Major Hutchins, in command of troops at Waireka Camp, states that Aperahama was killed ‘in the skirmish in the front of the camp’ on 23 August, and that the southern tribes abandoned their positions on the Tapuae ridge the next day (War Office 1865:28).
The Taranaki Herald 7 April 1860, 21 April 1860, 1 September 1860. Grayling, W.I. 1862. The War in Taranaki, During the Years 1860–61. New Plymouth, G.W. Woon. War Office. 1865. Selections from Despatches and Letters Relative to the Conduct of Military Operations in New Zealand 1860–5. War Office, 0270 II.[Microfilm]. Prickett, Nigel. 1994. Pakeha and Maori fortifications of the First Taranaki War, 1860–61. Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum 31: 1-87. Belich, J. 1986. The New Zealand Wars: and the Victorian interpretation of racial conflict. Auckland, Auckland University Press AWMM
Circa 23 August 1860 Prickett, (2005). Wairau
, Taranaki Prickett, (2005).
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