Story: New Zealand wars

The pursuit of Te Kooti

On 10 July 1868 the prophet Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Tūruki arrived in Poverty Bay with 298 followers. Two months later he and his followers attacked Matawhero, killing more than 50 people. From that moment Te Kooti was a hunted man. Colonial and pro-government Māori forces followed him, in the hope of capturing him, for the next four years. This interactive map shows the circuitous journey that Te Kooti and some of his followers took over that period.

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Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand wars - Pursuit of Te Kooti, 1868–1872', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/36941/the-pursuit-of-te-kooti (accessed 17 February 2019)

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