Tangatahara

Toa

Tangatahara

This statue commemorates Tangatahara, Ngāi Tahu’s most prestigious warrior of the 19th century. Tangatahara killed Te Pēhi Kupe, a senior rangatira of Ngāti Toa at Kaiapoi pā in 1829. He was captured at Ōnawe in 1832 but he escaped and commanded the Ngāti Irakehu warriors in the Ngāi Tahu war party that expelled the enemy in 1833 and 1834. He passed away in 1847 and is buried at Wainui. His statue was erected with accompanying celebration in 1900; it is also a noted symbol of defiance toward these enemies with whom no peace was made.

Ka hāhā te tuna ki te roto If the lake is full with eels

Ka hāhā te reo ki te kāika If the home resounds with speaking

Ka hāhā te takata ki te whenua The land will be inhabited by people


Tāhuhu Kōrero: A Historical Perspective
Whare Tupuna: Makō

Whare Kai: Te Rōpūake