Maori chief’s commemoration

tribal commemoration was held on 27 April at Papahua Reserve, Raglan Domain, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the death of Māori chief Wiremu Neera Te Awaitaia, a warrior who became one of the best friends of the Europeans.

Te Awaitaia, who was born about 1796 into the Waikato tribe of Ngāti Mahanga, at Waipa, died in Raglan on April 27, 1866, struck down by an influenza epidemic.

He is buried at Papahua, near the boat ramp in Raglan Domain, where the commemoration will be held on Wednesday morning.

See Tribe commemorates 150th anniversary of warrior chief’s death.

Images below–The Tumuaki of the Kiingitanga – The Paramount Chief of Ngati Haua Anaru Te Waharoa Tarapiipipi Te Awaitaia along with Te Ariki Tapairu (Royal Princess) Heeni (sister of the King) being escorted by the kaumatua of Ngati Mahanga, Ngati Hourua and the descendants of Te Awaitaia onto Papahua.

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