Speakers wrap Te Wiki with historical letters

Sunday 7 Hōngoingoi / July 2013 at Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki

In Pātea this weekend Te Wiki o Te Reo ends with close look at historical writing from three famous Taranaki chiefs.

The trio of talks on Sunday focuses on letters by Rīwha Titokowaru, Te Kāhui Kararehe and Wiremu Kingi Te Rangitaake, all featuring in the current exhibition Taranaki Reo, Taranaki Tāngata.

 The sessions begin at 10:00am, with lunch at midday and the final talk finishing at 1:30pm.

Hēmi Sundgren will talk about writing by Te Kāhui Kararehe, who was imprisoned during Parihaka’s fencing campaign against land confiscation.

Te Kāhui Kararehe later became a notable Taranaki tribal historian.

Te Poihi Campbell will look at letters by Rīwha Titokowaru, the Ngaruahinerangi chief, warrior and tohunga who penned the famous “I shall not die” letter before driving settlers out of Taranaki in the late 1860s.

Despite his fierce reputation, Titokowaru spent more years pursuing peace than waging war.

Ruakere Hond will probe writing by Wiremu Kingi te Rangitaake, the Te Āti Awa chief whose eloquent refusals to sell Waitara lands led the Government to start the first Taranaki War in 1860.

Who were the three chiefs writing to, about what, and why? Find out from 10am at Patea this Sunday.

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