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Weapons carried by Te Kooti and Peka Makarini


The bone club (kotiate) carried by Te Kooti, and the tomahawk (pātītī) carried by Peka Makarini.

Makarini was one of Te Kooti’s most trusted lieutenants. He was killed south of Ōhinemutu on 7 February 1870 as Te Kooti’s party were pursued by Gilbert Mair's Te Arawa Flying Column, a Māori Armed Constabulary unit raised to counter Te Kooti’s guerrilla tactics. Makarini was left ‘a gibbeted thing’ tied to a cabbage tree. On his person was found the great flag Te Wepu which Te Kooti had captured in 1868.

Photographed by an Evening Post staff photographer on 18 May 1972.


Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: EP/1972/2462/13-F

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