War and Peace in Taranaki

 Henry J. Warre, Camp at Poutoko, 1863, watercolour on paper, 254 x 353mm, Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hakena, University of Otago, Dunedin, Acc: 8,610



“I do not agree to our bedroom being sold- I mean Waitara, for this bed belongs to the whole of us, do not be in haste to give money........All I have to say to you O, Governor is that none of the land will be given to you, never, never til I die.... “

Wiremu Kingi 1859



“I will continue to fight, and the pakeha will be exterminated by me and by my younger brother Te Hapurona ... It is well with your children...we die on the land you left us.”

Wiremu Kingi to his mother 1860



"Hapa, hapa, hapa! Hau, hau, hau! Pai-marire, rire, rire — hau!"

Pai Maririe chant mid 1860s



“This is the year of the daughters; this is the year of the lamb.”

Riwha Titokowaru declares peace 1867



“I have begun to eat human flesh and my throat is constantly open for the flesh of man. I shall not die: I shall not die. When death itself is dead I shall be alive.”

Riwha Titokowaru declares war 1868



“Gather up the earth on which the blood has spilt and bring it to Parihaka.”

Tohu Kakahi 1879



“I stand for peace. Though the lions rage still I am for peace.”

Te Whiti Rongomai before his arrest 1881



"When I look at a map of Taranaki and trace the confiscation line, it is an arrow piercing the heart of my people."

Peter Moeahu to the Waitangi Tribunal, 1990



Taranaki today