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Ahumai Te Paerata


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Courage is a universally admired character trait across cultures, time and countries. All of the people I portray on these cards will have had plenty of it but none of them more than Ahumai Te Paerata is known to have shown at the battle of Orakau. When given the opportunity to leave with the women and children this extraordinary women stood to the gathered troops and declared that none would be leaving and all would face death together.
"Ke Te Mate nga tane, me mate ano nga wahine me nga tamariki!"
She suffered terrible wounds on the second of April 1864, wounded with shot four times, two bullets passing through her body. She went on to escape and fight her way back through swamp to her home near Taupo. After this, her tribe joined the Hauhau insurgents and she is also famed for having stepped in to save the life of a wandering Pakeha adventurer who stumbled into their path with his Maori guide. She lived on into old age and is surely a member of a special group of men and women of our past.