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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 1 (April 1, 1935)

Ahumai's Wounds

Ahumai's Wounds.

That was the final word of the defenders. Mair did not know then who the woman was, but soon after the war he discovered she was Ahumai. Indeed she was not a woman to be forgotten. She bore to her last days the marks of Orakau. On that fatal second of April, 1864, she suffered terrible wounds. She was shot in the right side, the bullet going through her body and coming out on her left side. She was shot through the right shoulder; the bullet went out at her back. She was also hit in the wrist, hand and arm. Yet wounded almost unto death as she was, she struggled through the swamp of death that lay between the Orakau ridge and the Puniu River, the line of retreat on which scores of her comrades were killed. She survived, she reached her distant home at Wai-papa, near Lake Taupo, with her gallant brother Hitiri te Paerata and the
Huria Matenga, of Whakapuaka.

Huria Matenga, of Whakapuaka.

mournful remnant of her tribe, the Ngati-Raukawa.