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Rewi Ngaruru

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My Papa was a Chief, and was killed ambushed by rebels who invaded our lands, killed in Taranaki, in front of his cousin Te Matakatea, my other Papa.

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    Rewi AWMM
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    Ngaruru AWMM
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    6 November 1860 Mahoetahi (6 November 1860) AWMM
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  • Hakopa, chief, is named as died in a Maori letter, from Rewi at Huirangi, dated 13 November 1860, to Wi One who was wounded and taken to the New Plymouth hospital: ‘Listen, ...and Hakopa (chiefs) the whole of you, thirty seven, are completely taken away by the Pakeha.’ published in The Taranaki Herald 17 November 1860.

    Hakopa (Chief) Ngatikoura is listed in the detailed information on Maori casualties in General Pratt’s report to Browne, dated New Plymouth, 6 November 1860 (GBPP 1861), the names are published in The New Zealand Gazette, number 33, dated 7 November 1860, and published in The Taranaki Herald of 10 November 1860. Identifications in both lists were made by Renata, who was the only unwounded prisoner and said to be a Ngati Haua of rank (Maunsell to Richmond 15 November 1860, Scholefield 1960 I:659). The names were recorded by Robert Parris of the Native Department. Prickett (2005) notes that Pratt’s report names only those identified at Mahoetahi after the battle.

    Hakopa Ngaruhi, Ngatikaora or Ngatikoroki – Hakopa was identified by Renata, The Taranaki Herald reported on 10 November 1860 noting that he identified the bodies of the rebels, who were lying after being placed in a row at Mahoetahi, the prisoner (Renata by name) was ordered to pass along and give their names to Mr Parris and Mr Hay. The list being described as mostly chiefs and Hakopa Ngaruhi, being head chiefs of Waikato.

    Prickett (2005) observes of the different spelling that this "is to be expected in the transmission of hand-written information.

    Prickett (2005) writes "It is not easy to derive an authoritative list from the various sources, given inconsistent spelling, more than one person sharing a name (Hakopa), or sharing name and tribal affiliation. The 19 names listed by Robert Parris in Pratt’s report are of those recovered dead on the battlefield. Four additional names in the newspaper list are likely to be the wounded who died soon after. Three more names are given only by Cowan or Grayling. A list of 19 dead in Gilbert (1861:193) generally follows the order of Parris’s list in Pratt’s report, but gives some alternative spellings (see Table 3)."

    The Taranaki Herald 10 November 1860, 17 November 1860. Great Britain Parliamentary Papers (GBPP) 1861 [2798] Vol. XLI, p. 168. Great Britain Parliamentary Papers (GBPP) 1862 [3040] Vol. XXXVII, pp. 1–2. Grayling, W.I. 1862. The War in Taranaki, During the Years 1860–61. New Plymouth, G.W. Woon. Cowan, J. 1922–23 The New Zealand Wars (2 vols). Wellington, Government Printer. Scholefield, G.H. 1960. The Richmond–Atkinson Papers. Wellington, Government Printer. 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. Alington, M.H. 1988. Goodly Stones and Timbers. New Plymouth, St Mary’s Church. AWMM
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    6 November 1860 Prickett, (2005).
    MahoetahiTaranaki Prickett, (2005).
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  • "Hakopa Ngaruhi" aka "Rewi Ngahuru" a Chief of Waikato - Ngati Koura & Ngati Koroki. Husband of "Rawinia" daughter of Waikauri, and father of Ruhe Tuari Hakopa & Te Mira Wharepouri. Ruhe Tuari Hakopa & Merenia Rimene had many children, Waiaua Hakopa aka Waiaua Stewart who is the father of my grandmother "Ngahina Opouri" aka Emily. Emily had my mum then me. I am one of many grandchildren who descend from Hakopa Ngaruhi. My tupuna were once Warriors, Great Chiefs of then & still today, will always be forever in our hearts & in our blood you will live forever. Arohanui Koro. Your Moko Crystal Cook Pikari Karahina.
    Public - Crystal Cook - Direct descendant - 8 February 2017



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    Prickett, N. (2005). Maori Casualties of the First Taranaki War, 1860-61. Records of the Auckland Museum 42: 81-124. AWMM


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