Story: Te hauora Māori i mua – history of Māori health

Influenza epidemic memorial

Influenza epidemic memorial

This wooden cenotaph at Te Kōura marae, between Ōngarue and Taumarunui, was made by renowned carver Tene Waitere of Ngāti Tarāwhai as a memorial to those who died in the influenza epidemic of 1918. It is estimated this epidemic killed 5% of the Māori population.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Albert Percy Godber Collection (PA-Group-00048)
Reference: APG-0786-1/2-G
Photograph by Albert Percy Godber

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Raeburn Lange, 'Te hauora Māori i mua – history of Māori health - Health improves, 1900 to 1920', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/27249/influenza-epidemic-memorial (accessed 17 September 2021)

Story by Raeburn Lange, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018