Story: Ngāti Porou

Pai Mārire flags

Pai Mārire flags

The civil war within Ngāti Porou was sparked off by the influence the Pai Mārire (Hauhau) movement. Pai Mārire was a religious movement which sought to drive off the Pākehā. The leader was Te Ua Haumēne, and the flag at the top was his personal flag. The word ‘kenana’ (Canaan) denoted his identification with the Jews, a people driven from their homeland. The bottom two flags belonged to Tītokowaru and Pēhi Tūroa, who were Pai Mārire followers.

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Tamati Muturangi Reedy, 'Ngāti Porou - Post-European conflicts and developments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2022)

Story by Tamati Muturangi Reedy, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017