Story: Taranaki places

Anchor of the Harriet (2nd of 2)

Anchor of the Harriet

The anchor of the Harriet, wrecked at the mouth of the Ōkahu Stream south of Rāhotu in 1834, is now mounted outside the Rāhotu Hotel. It was dug out of the sand by local farmer Arthur Gibson in 1969. Some of the Harriet’s crew were killed by Māori, and others, including Betty Guard and her two children, were held hostage. A rescue mission from Australia, organised by the captain, John Guard, led to the first confrontation between British troops and Māori.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki places - Cape Egmont', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/25899/anchor-of-the-harriet (accessed 28 February 2020)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 7 Sep 2016