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Hero Stories of New Zealand


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The Last Stand of Te Amotu 1
The Swimmer: How Te Rau-o-te-Rangi crossed the Strait of Kapiti 8
The Missionaries of Matamata 14
The Pirates of the Wellington Brig: How the Chief Mate of the Sisters captured a Convict Crew 22
The Storming Party at Ohaeawai 31
Rags of Glory: The Colours of the 58th 38
The Bugler of Boulcott's Farm 40
The Dispatch Carrier 45
Manihera's Farewell 52
The Swordsman in the Swamp 58
The Scouts in the Flax Bush: A Von Tempsky Story 62
How Sergeant McKenna won the Victoria Cross: A Night in the Maori Bush 69
The Church in the Forest: How the Settlers held Pukekohe Stockade 78
The Weird of MacGillivray: A Tale of Second Sight 87
The Defenders of Orakau 99
Brave Women: Two Heroic Figures—Ahumai te Paerata and Huria Matenga 111
A Can of Cold Water: The Heroine of the Gate Pa 120
The Defence of Turuturu-mokai Redoubt: The “Rorke's Drift” of New Zealand 130
Brown Skin and White: A Tale of the West Coast Frontier 142
The Midnight Warning 151
A Meal at Paewhenua 158
The Last Cartridge: A Memory of the Whakatane Valley 163
The Defence of the Mill: The Story of a Gallant Frenchman 169
The Bugle in the Mountains: An Episode of the First Urewera Campaign 174
Ears in the Forest 180
A Running Battle: How Gilbert Mair saved Rotorua 187
Maro and Her Lovers 193
Patriots of the Taranaki Border 199
The Missionary and the Hauhau Apostles 207 page xiv
Farmers of the Frontier: How the Waitotara Settlers Saved their Stock 212
The Last of the Scouts: Tales of the Guides and Forest Rangers 221
Te Whiti of Taranaki: The Story of a Patriot and Peacemaker 236
Explorers and Pathfinders: The Spade of Rakaihaitu 247
First Over the Alps: The Epic of Raureka and the Greenstone 252
The Cruise of the Gipsy: A Pioneer Surveyor on the Golden Coast 258
Explorers of Fiordland: Donald Sutherland and Quinton McKinnon 270
The Coracle of Disappointment Island: A Story of Sea Heroes 279
Notes 286
Index 287