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 the Urewera. He was arrested on his marae for using seditious language. 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 Rua's son, Toko. Rua was subsequently tried and spent the next 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, (accessed 6 October 2022)

Story by Danny Keenan, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2017