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Rewi Maniapoto

Rewi Maniapoto

This highly idealised image from 1893 portrays the most famous incident of the New Zealand wars. At the battle of Ōrākau on 1 April 1864 Rewi Maniapoto was said to have responded to the offer of surrender with safe passage for women and children by saying, 'Ka whawhai tonu mātou, āke, āke, āke!’ – ‘we shall fight on, for ever, and ever, and ever!’

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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How to cite this page:

Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand wars - Waikato war: major battles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2022)

Story by Danny Keenan, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2017