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Rewi's last stand, 1925

Rewi's last stand, 1925

This production still from Rudall Hayward's 1925 film, Rewi's last stand, depicts Ahumai Te Paerata responding to the suggestion at the battle of Ōrākau that women and children should leave the beseiged . She is reported to have said, 'Ki te mate ngā tāne, me mate anō ngā wāhine me ngā tamariki’ (if the men die, the women and children die also). Hayward shared with historian James Cowan a deep interest in the New Zealand wars and believed, like Cowan, that they offered events and stories which could compete with American frontier tales of cowboys and Indians. However, neither Cowan's two-volume history, the New Zealand wars (1922–23) nor Hayward's films were hugely successful in New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Arts and the nation - Cultural nationalism, 1890 to 1910', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 October 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014