Rua Kenana

If we were like Tuhoe, we’d still be blaming today’s Germans for Hitler

Tuhoe need to get over themselves, crying a river of tears over something that happened 100 years ago.

One-hundred years ago this weekend, police stormed a Tuhoe settlement to arrest a man known as a Maori prophet.

The arrest of Rua Kenana and the fatal shooting of his son was a blight on relations between Tuhoe and the Crown.

A century on, the incident is not forgotten, and nor is the message of peace he preached.

Sodden skies on a sombre day as Tuhoe recreated a dark moment in its history — this weekend marks a century since police stormed the hills arresting Mr Kenana and shooting his son and another man dead.

“It’s a huge event for them because the stigma that was associated with that day, and also Rua Kenana, the charges laid against his followers, stay with those people right through to now,” says Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell.   Read more »

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