This pātere (abusive song) was composed by the widows of Tūhoe men who fell at the battle of Ōrākau in April 1864. When the survivors returned to Ruatāhuna, they were assailed on the marae with this song, a virulent outburst at the waste of so many Tūhoe. The rangatira Te Whenuanui, who led the Tūhoe party to Ōrākau, was a particular target.
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Reference: Tuhoe chants/MPT 905
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