1860-1899 | Executions | New Zealand

Maori rebel Hamiora Pere executed for treason

16 November 1869 At half past eight in the morning of 16 November 1869, a young Maori warrior, Hamiora Pere, who had participated in a rebellion against colonial forces who were seizing Maori land, was hung at the Terrace Gaol at Wellington, the administrative capital of the British colony of New Zealand. Pere was the…

1800-1859 | New Zealand

Britain signs a treaty with the Maoris only to renege on it

6 February 1840 On 6 February 1840, the treaty of Waitangi was signed between representatives of the crown and five hundred Maoris chiefs. While recognising ultimate British sovereignty over New Zealand, it promised in return that ‘Her Majesty confirmed and guaranteed to the chiefs and tribes of New Zealand the full, exclusive and undisturbed possession…

1860-1899 | Massacres | New Zealand | Prisoners murdered

Up to 128 Maoris stripped naked and shot like dogs

5 January 1869 It was a crime which Maoris have never forgotten, committed when New Zealand, though technically self-governing, was still, both in name and in the thinking of much of its settler population, a colony of Great Britain. On 5 January 1869, the first of several batches of captured Maori rebels, who had attempted…