Story: New Zealand Wars

Arrest of Rua Kēnana

Arrest of Rua Kēnana

Rua Kēnana (front, third from left) stands handcuffed after his arrest in April 1916. Rua was a Ngāi Tūhoe prophet who established a community at Maungapōhatu in Te Urewera. He was arrested on his marae after failing to appear in court on a charge of selling alcohol without a licence. At the moment of his arrest a shot was fired (from which side is uncertain) and in the resulting firefight two Tūhoe were killed, including Toko, the son of Rua. Rua was subsequently found guilty only of ‘morally’ resisting arrest, but spent two years in prison. Those in this image are (handcuffed in the foreground, left to right) Maka Kanuehi, Pukepuke Kanara, Rua Kēnana, Whatu Rua, Awa Horomona and Tioke Hakaipare. The police, at back, are Bill Neil, Andy McHugh and Michael Fahey.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, C. C. Webb Collection
Reference: 1/2-028072-F
Photograph by Arthur Ninnis Breckon

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Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand Wars - New Zealand Wars overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36890/arrest-of-rua-kenana (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Danny Keenan, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 29 Nov 2022