Story: Cultural go-betweens

Dicky Barrett at Ōtaka Pā, 1832

Dicky Barrett at Ōtaka Pā, 1832

This fanciful illustration shows the English-born Pākehā–Māori Dicky Barrett helping his adopted Te Āti Awa people defend themselves against attacking Waikato Māori. Te Āti Awa built a called Ōtaka on the Taranaki coast and equipped it with cannon from a European ship. Barrett was an ex-seaman and could show his Māori hosts how to fire the guns. After three weeks of ferocious fighting, the Waikato warriors withdrew. Barrett later became a trader, landowner and hotel-keeper in Wellington.

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Reference: A66.286
Watercolour by A. H. Messenger

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Mark Derby, 'Cultural go-betweens - Pākehā–Māori', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/26790/dicky-barrett-at-otaka-pa-1832 (accessed 18 November 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 May 2018