The New Zealand Wars: A History of the Maori Campaigns and the Pioneering Period: Volume II: The Hauhau Wars, (1864–72)
J. C., photo at Taringamutu, King Country, 1921] — Peita Kotuku
J. C., photo at Taringamutu, King Country, 1921]
Peita fought against the British troops at Puke-takauere, Taranaki, in 1860, and was one of the defenders of Orakau pa in 1864. He was captured at the engagement at Omarunui, near Napier, in 1866, and was transported to Chatham Island with the other Hauhau prisoners. He escaped with Te Kooti in the “Rifleman” in 1868, and fought against the colonial forces until 1870. He was one of Te Kooti's best warriors and scouts.