Story: Ngā rōpū tautohetohe – Māori protest movements

Dog tax protest

Dog tax protest

In this cartoon from May 1898 a Māori man lets Premier Richard Seddon know what he thinks about the dog tax. Councils were able to impose a tax on dogs, which was often resented by Māori. In 1898 a group in Hokianga, led by Ngāpuhi prophet Hōne Tōia, took up arms to oppose the tax. They were arrested and the episode became known as the ‘dog tax war’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0163-1898-001
Cartoon by Ashley Hunter

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Basil Keane, 'Ngā rōpū tautohetohe – Māori protest movements - Historic Māori protest', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 April 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 11 Jan 2023