Story: Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti

Pai Mārire karakia, Tataroa (1st of 2)

Pai Mārire karakia, Tataroa

Pai Mārire adherents circle round a flag pole carrying sticks during karakia. The red flag represents the war god of Pai Mārire, Riki. The Hauhau are deciding the fate of their two prisoners, Herbert Meade and his Māori guide Hemipo, who are sitting bound. As the picture, painted by Meade, attests, they were both freed after much discussion.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-139-014
Watercolour by Herbert Meade

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How to cite this page:

Judith Binney, 'Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti - Te Ua Haumēne – Pai Mārire and Hauhau', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 March 2023)

Story by Judith Binney, published 5 May 2011