21 Aug 2013

Te Wherowhero - Part 8: Te Karaka

From the collecton The Wednesday Drama

As battle commenced on the field of Te Kakara, Te Puoho's gun thinned the Waikato ranks. Raparapa, of Ngati Tama, pushed Te Puoho aside and, in hand-to-hand combat, claimed for himself the matangohi, the first person killed in battle. This conveyed his contempt for the gun, a plebian weapon which did not require hand-to-hand skills and courage. Soon after, the fall of Raparapa signalled the grand assault by Te Wherowhero's army.

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