Story: Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti

Te Wepu

Te Wepu

This flag, Te Wepu (the whip), was known as Te Kooti's flag after he captured it in 1868. The imposing flag, 16 metres in length, had an interesting history. It was created by nuns at Greenmeadows Missionary School, near Napier, and gifted to Ngāti Kahungunu. Gilbert Mair, who made this ink drawing of the flag, captured it from Te Kooti in 1870.

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How to cite this page:

Judith Binney, 'Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti - Te Kooti – Ringatū', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/27720/te-wepu (accessed 10 December 2019)

Story by Judith Binney, published 5 May 2011