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Te Whiti

Personal details

Full Name:

Erueti Te Whiti-o-Rongomai III


? – 18 Nov 1907


Te Whiti
Te Whiti was a Taranaki leader and prophet. A resistance movement based at Parihaka was led by him and Tohu Kākahi. Te Whiti was arrested following the infamous raid on Parihaka by Armed Constabulary in 1881.

Events In History

5 November 1881

About 1600 troops invaded the western Taranaki settlement of Parihaka, which had come to symbolise peaceful resistance to the confiscation of Māori land.

26 May 1879

Under the leadership of Te Whiti-o-Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi, Parihaka Māori began a ploughing campaign in protest against European settlement on land confiscated from Māori.

Sketch of Te Whiti-o-Rongomai, made by W. F. R. Gordon during a hui at Parihaka in 1880.

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