4 Sep 2009

Memorial to warrior to be unveiled

7:13 am on 4 September 2009

A 19th century warrior is being honoured by his Taranaki descendants.

Waatea News reports Tutange Waionui of Ngati Ruanui fought alongside Titokowaru during the Land Wars and claimed credit for killing Austrian mercenary Gustav Von Tempsky.

One of his descendants, the South Taranaki Deputy Mayor Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, says a memorial will be unveiled in October at Pariroa Pa at Kakaramea near Patea, which Waionui and his wife Ngaati established 115 years ago.

She says Tutange Waionui was the model for the warrior which featured on the old shilling coin.