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Wirihana is listed in the Mahoetahi casualties identified by Renata and recorded by Robert Parris of the Native Department, enclosed in General Pratt’s report to Browne, dated New Plymouth, 6 November 1860 (GBPP 1861). The same list is in The New Zealand Gazette, number 33, dated 7 November 1860, of Ngatiapakura is added to the list in The Taranaki Herald of 10 November 1860. Pratt’s report names only those identified at Mahoetahi after the battle.
Renata, who identified the men was the only unwounded prisoner and said to be a Ngati Haua of rank (Maunsell to Richmond 15 Nov 1860, Scholefield 1960 I:659). ‘While the bodies of the rebels 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.They were recorded by Robert Parris of the Native Department.
The Taranaki Herald 10 November 1860. Great Britain Parliamentary Papers (GBPP) 1861  Vol. XLI, pp. 167–168. 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
Mahoetahi Cross, Mahoetahi, Junction SHW 3/3A, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
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