Story: Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti

Karakia Hauhau

Karakia Hauhau

This article in Te Kopara by Rēweti Kōhere in 1920 described those who followed the Pai Mārire religion, who, like other Māori prophetic movements, saw themselves as Jews (Tiu or Hūrai) or Israelites (Iharaira). 'Kua kiia ake ra e au he Hurai te "tiu" no te mea i runga i te ki a te Pikopo nona te hahi matua ka mea te hauhau ko to ratou na "minita" he 'tiu" ara he Hurai no te Hurai hoki te hahi tino matua.' – I have described the 'tiu' as Israelites because when the Bishop said the main church the hauhau called their 'minister' a 'Jew' that is Jewish, it was because their faith was drawn from the Jewish faith.

'I runga o te pou he puwhara ko te tunga tenei o te "minita" ara o te "Tiu" -- ko te ingoa tenei o te Hurai ara he Jew. I te ata tonu ka piki te "tiu" ki te puwhara ka karanga ka whakaoho i te puni katoa, "Po po rini hoia, tiu!" – On the pole was a scaffold and this was where the 'minister' or the 'Jew' would stand -- this was the name for the Jewish, that is a Jew. In the morning the 'Jew' would climb on the scaffold and call to awake the entire camp, 'Fa-fall in soldiers, Jew!'

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Niupepa: Maori newspapers
Reference: Te Kopara, 28 Febuary, 1920, p.4

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Judith Binney, 'Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti - The first prophet – Te Papahurihia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/27711/karakia-hauhau (accessed 21 February 2019)

Story by Judith Binney, published 5 May 2011