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Moutoa Gardens


Pai Marire

Pai Marire (goodness and peace) was one of several new Māori faiths to emerge in the 19th century. Like many others, it was closely tied to issues of land and politics. Read the full article

Page 2 - Te Ua Haumēne

Pai Mārire disciples travelled around the North Island in the mid-1860s. Against a backdrop of war and land confiscations, the founding principle of Pai Marire was often subverted

War in Whanganui

The confusion and uncertainty that had surrounded the New Zealand Company's land purchases in Whanganui erupted into violence in the autumn and winter of 1847. The conflict also involved long-standing rivalries between upper and lower Whanganui River Māori. Read the full article

Page 5 - Moutoa Island

The Pai Mārire religion divided Māori. Some supported it, but others mistrusted its political intent. Events on the Whanganui River in 1864 showed the conflict about the faith

For 79 days between February and May 1995, Whanganui Māori and supporters occupied Pākaitore, otherwise known as Moutoa Gardens, beside the river in Whanganui city, as a sign of frustration over the lack of progress towards a settlement of Whanganui River Treaty of Waitangi claim issues. This occupation was resolved peaceably, and a tripartite agreement with government and local government has since been signed.
Meaning of place name
Mou: island; toa: warrior.