Story: Ngāi Tūhoe

Te Whai-a-te-Motu meeting house

Te Whai-a-te-Motu meeting house

Te Whai-a-te-Motu (‘the pursuit through the island’) was opened on 11 April 1888 at Ruatāhuna to commemorate the pursuit of Te Kooti Arikirangi by government forces through the Urewera. It is the wharenui (meeting house) where the main tribal issues are discussed; indeed, one of the sittings of the Waitangi Tribunal hearing for the Urewera district was held there in June 2004.

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How to cite this page:

Rangi McGarvey, 'Ngāi Tūhoe - Resistance: 1866 to 1872', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/2723/te-whai-a-te-motu-meeting-house (accessed 27 June 2019)

Story by Rangi McGarvey, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017