Story: Taranaki region

Ōhawe soldiers’ cemetery (4th of 5)

Ōhawe soldiers’ cemetery

At Ōhawe, just west of Hāwera on the southern Taranaki coast, a large stone cairn is a monument to local settlers who died in fighting in the district in 1866–69. Some of them are buried in the surrounding cemetery. The cairn was built on his own land by local farmer James Livingston, who established the ‘Republic of Hawera’ in 1879 to prevent Parihaka Māori ploughing farmers’ fields.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - Māori–Pākehā conflict', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 November 2019)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015