Story: Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars

Te Puea Hērangi and William Pitt

Te Puea Hērangi and William Pitt

Kīngitanga leader Te Puea Hērangi with Captain William Tutepuaki Pitt and Pitt's daughter, Peggy Alexandria at a 1918 fundraising hui at Porourangi marae on the East Coast. During the First World War Te Puea, of Waikato, led Kīngitanga (Māori King movement) resistance to the conscription of their men to fight overseas. In contrast, Pitt volunteered for service in both the South African War and in the First World War, rising to the rank of captain in the Māori Contingent. He was from Ngāti Porou, with affiliations to Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Rongowhakaata and Ngāi Tāmanuhiri.

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Monty Soutar, 'Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars - Māori and the First World War', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 September 2023)

Story by Monty Soutar, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2016