Story: Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars

Te Puea Hērangi and William Pitt

Te Puea Hērangi and William Pitt

Kīngitanga leader Princess Te Puea Hērangi is shown with Captain William Tutepuaki Pitt and Pitt's daughter, Peggy Alexandria. They are at a 1918 fundraising hui at Porourangi marae on the East Coast. During the First World War Te Puea, of Waikato, led the Kīngitanga (Māori King movement) resistance to conscription of their men to fight overseas. In contrast, Pitt volunteered for service in 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, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36679/te-puea-herangi-and-william-pitt (accessed 18 July 2019)

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