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 between 1866 and 1869. Some of them are buried in the surrounding cemetery. The cairn was built on his own land by farmer James Livingston, who established the ‘Republic of Hawera’ in 1879 to mobilise fellow settlers to prevent Māori from Parihaka ploughing farmers’ fields.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - Māori–Pākehā conflict', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/26105/ohawe-soldiers-cemetery (accessed 28 May 2020)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015