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Opotiki Mai Tawhiti - Capital of Whakatohea

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Opotiki Mai Tawhiti - Capital of Whakatohea

The Story of Whakatohea's Struggle During the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

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Opotiki Mai Tawhiti - Capital of Whakatohea: The Story of Whakatohea's Struggle During the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries by Ranginui Walker
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This is a tribal history of Maori scholar Ranginui Walker's own iwi, Whakatohea of Opotiki, with the emphasis on the epic events of the nineteenth century and the tribe's subsequent struggle for social justice. The account of what happened to the tribe in the nineteenth century is challenging and often quite gripping. Whakatohea were devastated by the Musket Wars of the 1820s. In fact, the town of Opotiki was deserted for a decade. Then, in the 1840s and 1850s the tribe enjoyed great economic prosperity, growing crops and owning coastal ships. The Land Wars, however, were a disaster for Whakatohea following the famous Rev. Volkner affair. A large column of imperial troops invaded their territory. Property was looted and destroyed, their land confiscated. As Ranginui Walker himself says, 'the history of Whakatohea is a microcosm of the history of New Zealand'. Settlement of their claim before the Waitangi Tribunal is still pending.
Release date NZ
May 7th, 2007
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Illustrations
Illustrations (some col.), maps (some col.)
Imprint
Penguin Books (NZ)
Pages
320
ISBN-13
9780143006497
Product ID
1660691

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