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Reflections: Sketches on the Wanganui River


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Mono-colour illustration by Wilhelm Dittmer

Riini Emoata

Hiruharama (Jerusalem) is the new name for Patearero (slippery tongue). This spot was another Hau Hau battle-ground. Reaching it first, they took possession of the plantations and fortified themselves. Hoani Hipango, in command of friendly natives, tried to make peace, telling them that the Hau Haus, the Ngatihaus and Pakehas were all brothers, as their new great religion taught them. He was, however, wounded while addressing both friend and foe, and died, being buried with all the honour of a great white commander. The Moutoa flag, presented by the ladies of Wanganui, was placed upon his coffin, and even the Hau Haus, hearing of his death, came down to Wanganui to attend his funeral and tangi.

Over the whares of Hiruharama now floats the sound of the Churchtower bell. Close by, surrounded by sheltering trees, is the convent and orphanage, and in the centre of the pa is held the Maori Parliament. Here many brave and noble deeds were done, and now many lazy yet happy hours flit past with the golden Maori dawns

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