Story: Ngāi Tūhoe

Kereopa Te Rau

Kereopa Te Rau

Suspected of spying by Te Whakatōhea, the German missionary Carl Völkner was murdered by Kereopa Te Rau at Ōpōtiki on 2 March 1865. For five years Kereopa was sheltered from government forces by Tūhoe deep in the Urewera. In 1871, with government kūpapa forces (tribes loyal to the Crown) harrying the tribe, Tūhoe gave up Kereopa. He was then tried and hanged in Napier.

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Rangi McGarvey, 'Ngāi Tūhoe - The impact of Europeans', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 February 2024)

Story by Rangi McGarvey, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017