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      Suffered multiple bayonet wounds at Mahoetahi 6 November 1860 AWMM
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  • Sergeant Marjouram reports that five wounded Maori were brought in to town, two dying in the night and one the following morning. The man who died in the morning was about 20, spoke English having been educated in a mission school, and had suffered seven bayonet and two bullet wounds (White 1861:286). This will have been Hemi Taiporutu (Prickett 2005)

    Hemi Taiporutu, son of Te Wetini Taiporutu, was reported as dying on the morning of 7 November in hospital at New Plymouth, death was from multiple bayonet wounds (Taranaki Herald 10 November 1860)

    He is listed as Ngatihaua Tribe, Hemi Taiporutu, as a casualty identified by Renata, who was the only unwounded prisoner and said to be a Ngati Haua of rank (Maunsell to Richmond 15 Nov 1860, Scholefield 1960 I:659), these casualties were immediately after the battle at Mahoetahi and published in The Taranaki Herald 10 November 1860. Hemi Taiporutu died in New Plymouth the morning after the battle is on the newspaper list and Prickett (2005) surmises that Hemi Taiporutu, who died 7 November is one of the six wounded men brought in by British troops after the battle

    Hemi Taiporutu is named by Grayling (1862:93; Fig. 3) as "seven ‘leading chiefs’ among the dead, this information said to be ‘…derived from native sources".

    The Taranaki Herald, 10 November 1860 reports the burials took place on Thursday, 8 November, two days after the battle.

    Two monuments remember Maori killed at Mahoetahi. At the battlefield is a concrete cross erected in 1941 with the words: HE WHAKAMAHARATANGA I NGA RANGATIRA TOA O WAIKATO. A WETINI TAIPORUTU MA I HINGA KI KONEI TATA, I TE PAREKURA I TURIA TE 6 NOWEMA 1860. This is translated by Cowan (1922–23 I:193): ‘In remembrance of the brave chiefs of Waikato, of Wetini Taiporutu and his comrades, who fell close to this spot in the battle fought on the 6th November 1860. The older, wooden cross with the same words is now housed at Puke Ariki.

    The second monument is in the St Mary's vicarage garden, Vivian Street, New Plymouth, where the chiefs and mortally wounded men brought into town were buried. Hemi Taiporutu is one of them. At the time this was part of the churchyard and not the vicarage garden which it was to become (Alington 1988:71).

    The Taranaki Herald 10 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. White, W. 1861. Memorials of Sergeant William Marjouram, Royal Artillery. London, James Nisbet. 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. Prickett, Nigel. 1994. Pakeha and Maori fortifications of the First Taranaki War, 1860–61. Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum 31: 1-87. Scholefield, G.H. 1960. The Richmond–Atkinson Papers. Wellington, Government Printer. 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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    7 November 1860 Prickett, (2005).
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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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