Story: New Zealand wars

Whanganui Māori with Moutoa flag

Whanganui Māori with Moutoa flag

On 14 May 1864, a group of upriver Pai Mārire supporters were defeated in a battle on Moutoa Island in the Whanganui River by Māori defending Whanganui township. The Pākehā community was so relieved that they erected a memorial to the loyal Māori at Moutoa Gardens in Whanganui town. Local women also sewed a flag to present to the Māori defenders. The flag featured the Union Jack, a crown and a white and a brown hand clasped in friendship. This photograph was probably taken in 1897.

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Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand wars - Pai Mārire, South Taranaki and Whanganui, 1864–1866', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 February 2023)

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