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Tohu Kakahi

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Tohu Kākahi


22 Jan 1828 – 4 Feb 1907


Tohu Kākahi
The prophet Tohu Kākahi of Te Āti Awa helped led the peaceful resistance movement at Parihaka. He was arrested by Armed Constabulary in 1881 and held without trial until 1883.

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.

Main image: Tohu Kākahi
Wood engraving of the prophet Tohu Kākahi by John P. Ward, 1883.