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Memorial to Tāwhiao, Ngāruawāhia

Memorial to Tāwhiao, Ngāruawāhia

This monument to Tāwhiao, the second Māori king, was put up at Ngāruawāhia in 1895, a year after his death. It was paid for by the New Zealand government as a way of strengthening its reconciliation with the King movement. Earlier monuments to Māori leaders in the 1870s had also been paid for by the government, but in that case largely to recognise chiefs who fought for the Crown during the New Zealand wars. Māori also began to erect memorials to their leaders during these years.

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Jock Phillips, 'Memorials and monuments - 19th-century memorials', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 May 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 26 Mar 2015