Maketū Wharetōtara

On 7 March 1842 Maketū Wharetōtara, the 17-year-old son of the Ngāpuhi chief Ruhe of Waimate, became the first person officially executed in New Zealand. Maketu was hanged at the corner of Queen and Victoria streets in Auckland for the murder of Elizabeth Roberton, her two children and two others at the Bay of Islands the previous November.

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