rua kenana

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Full Name:

  • Rua Hepetipa Kēnana


  • 1868/186920 Feb 1937

Rua Kēnana was a Tūhoe prophet who set up a community at Maungapōhatu in the Urewera mountains. In 1916 he was arrested for sedition for his opposition to Māori conscription in the First World War. His trial was one of the longest in New Zealand's legal history.

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Māori and the First World War

  • Charged with sedition and several other crimes Rua Kēnana was convicted only of resisting police, for which he was sentenced to one year in prison and 18 months’ reformative detention

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