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Pou of Tītokowaru

Pou of Tītokowaru

This pou (carved post) in Te Herenga Waka marae at Victoria University of Wellington shows Tītokowaru holding a musket. It recognises the great ability of the Ngā Ruahine prophet as a military leader and strategist. Beneath his feet are two heads. The one on the left represents George Bowen, who was governor when George Whitmore, commandant of the New Zealand Constabulary Force, put a price of £1,000 on Tītokowaru’s head and £5 for every ‘rebel’ captured alive. In return Tītokowaru placed two shillings and sixpence on Bowen's head. The head on the right is Major Gustavus von Tempsky, who was killed by Tītokowaru's men at Te Ngutu-o-te-manu.

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Te Tumu Herenga Waka Marae, Victoria University of Wellington

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How to cite this page:

Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand wars - Tītokowaru’s war, 1868–1869', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36932/pou-of-titokowaru (accessed 24 August 2019)

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