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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 8 (February 1, 1933)

The Survivors

page 24

The Survivors.

Just one or two of the real old bush scouts are left. There is one at Whakatane who reminded me, when first I met him, of that early-days celebrity Dickey Barrett, the whaler, as described by Jerningham Wakefield and other chroniclers of nearly a century ago. A New Zealander-born, he has had a wonderful life of knocking about, bush-fighting, and pakeha-Maori adventure.

Living, too, is the Maori heroine who at the risk of her own life, gave water to wounded and dying British soldiers who fell in the attempt to storm the Gate Pa at Tauranga. Another who at the time of writing still survives all his comrades is brave Te Huia Raureti, last of the defenders of famous Orakau. His story, fortunately, has been recorded fully in the history of the wars. The epic of Orakau will never die.