WHAREKAURI (REKOHU, CHATHAM ISLANDS)
A major tsunami in 1868 havoc on the north coast of the island, wiping out a complete village and farm houses. It was seen as an omen by Maori who were already committed to a return to Taranaki to compete for the return of ancestral lands, in spite of active opposition by the Government. The Hau Hau prisoners finally had enough and found Te Kooti's religious fervour a catalyst to their seizing by force an incoming ship to take them back to the East Coast. It proved a major new event and a grave embarrassment to the Government that had reduced the guard to a few men not long before as an economy measure. Not long after, most of the Maori left for Taranaki and for the first time in 25 years the small number of Moriori surviving actually outnumbered both Maori and Europeans. But island life also went on. As well as the newspaper stories, the book includes some of the first photographs taken by Samuel Barker in 1874, W H Rau in 1874 and Alfred Martin in 1874. (drawn from the National Library website )
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