Story: Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti

Te Mahuki

Te Mahuki

The prophet Te Mahuki of Ngāti Kinohaku (centre) stands in his community Te Kumi, near Te Kūiti, in 1885. Te Mahuki had been driven out of Parihaka and formed his own community. He named himself and his followers Tekaumārua (the 12) after the 12 apostles and Tāwhiao's 12 evangelists. In 1883 Te Mahuki and his followers held surveyors captive to prevent them surveying land for a railway line.

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Judith Binney, 'Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti - Other 19th-century prophets', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Judith Binney, published 5 May 2011