Story: Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti

Niu pole, Maraekōwhai

Niu pole, Maraekōwhai

These 'niu' (news) poles stand at Maraekōwhai reserve along the Whanganui River. Niu poles were raised by adherents of the Pai Mārire faith and were used in religious rituals. The pole called Rongo Niu (long pole, according to James Cowan) was erected in 1864 during the New Zealand wars. Hauhau warriors carried out final rituals at this niu pole before departing for the battle of Moutoa. The pole called Riri Kore (no war) was erected at the end of the war in recognition of peace.

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Judith Binney, 'Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti - Te Ua Haumēne – Pai Mārire and Hauhau', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/27715/niu-pole-maraekowhai (accessed 10 December 2019)

Story by Judith Binney, published 5 May 2011