Story: Ngāti Maniapoto

Rewi Maniapoto defies the British at Ōrākau (1st of 3)

Rewi Maniapoto defies the British at Ōrākau

Rewi Maniapoto led the defence in the battle of Ōrākau in 1864, at the end of the Waikato war. This idealised image from 1893 recalls his famous reply during the battle, when he was alleged to have responded to the call for surrender, ‘E hoa, ka whawhai tonu mātou, Āke! Āke! Āke!’ – ‘Friend, we will fight on forever, forever and forever!’

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-033-004
Lithograph by Wilson & Horton

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Tūhuatahi Tui Adams and Paul Meredith, 'Ngāti Maniapoto - The Māori King movement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/964/rewi-maniapoto-defies-the-british-at-orakau (accessed 15 November 2019)

Story by Tūhuatahi Tui Adams and Paul Meredith, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017