Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary Commemoration

A site dedicated to immortalising those innocents who fell in the defence of their homleands, those of their allies and their ancestral way of life.

This site is dedicated to immortalising those Maaori men, women and children who were killed fighting for freedom and protecting their way of life during the Battle of Orakau in 1864. Sadly, their sacrifice and voices have all but been exponged from our nations memory. Moral justice has given way to political expedience.

The site is also dedicated to those soldiers of various Regiments and military units who, under the orders of Govenor George Grey, took up arms in the invasion of Waikato and who fell during the campaign.

Let the voices of those long past speak into our hearts and minds and remind our political and military leaders in positions of power of the need to act justly with moral and ethical rectitude lest the mistakes of the past be repeated on future generations.


Tribes involved at Orakau

Ngaati Paretekawa, Ngaati Ngutu, Ngaati Paea and Ngaati Unu of the Maniapoto Confederation; Ngaati Te Kohera and Ngaati Parekaawa of Raukawa and Tuwharetoa; Tuhoe /Urewera hapuu; Rongowhakaata; Kahungunu; Te Aitanga A Mahaki and possibly others.

A full and complete list of participating hapuu has yet to be accurately recorded. Compiling a complete record of tupuna who fell at Orakau and their hapuu affiliations based upon koorero tuku iho will form part of the work in advance of the 150th Anniversary.

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