kei muri i te awe kāpara he tangata ke, mana te ao, he mā – shadowed behind the tattooed face a stranger stands; he owns the earth; he is white]
On the morning of 2 April, 1916, armed police raided the Tūhoe iwi (or tribe) non-violent settlement of Maungapōhatu, set in the remote Urewera country of North Island New Zealand. They arrested the spiritual leader and prophet Rua Kenana, the self-proclaimed Mīhaia or Messiah. Gunfire erupted and two Maori were murdered, including Kenana’s son, Toko. Rua Kenana was arrested on charges of treason and sentenced to 30 months imprisonment, including hard labour. Maungapōhatu never recovered its model status, including its farming co-operative and its savings bank.