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Encyclopedia > Tamati Waka Nene

Waka. He also worked with the British Resident, James Busby to regularize the relationships between the two races. In 1835 he signed the Declaration of the Independence of New Zealand which proclaimed the sovereignty of the United Tribes. James Busby (February 7, 1801 or 1802 - July 15, 1871) is widely regarded as the father of the Australian wine industry, as he took the first collection of vine stock from Spain and France to Australia. ... The Flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand. ...

At the negotiations leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi his influence was significant in persuading many of the tribes to sign the Treaty. However it is probable that he took the document at its face value; it is extremely unlikely that he saw himself ceding any of his authority as chief of his people. The Treaty of Waitangi The Treaty of Waitangi (Māori: Te Tiriti o Waitangi) was signed on February 6, 1840 at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. ...

The next few years saw a considerable loss of revenue and influence for the northern tribes. The capital of the new country was soon moved down to Auckland. Customs duties were also imposed. Then the Government began to interfere with the management of land, specifically they forbade any further felling of kauri trees, Agathis australis. Binomial name Agathis australis (D. Don) Loudon The Kauri (Agathis australis) is a coniferous tree native to the northern North Island of New Zealand. ...

Most of the northern chiefs had serious concerns with workings of the new Treaty, Nene as much as Kawiti and Hone Heke. However Nene was still prepared to negotiate and to hope for the best. He gave Governor FitzRoy promises to keep the peace on behalf of his fellow chiefs. So when Hone Heke cut down the flag pole for the fourth time Nene was mightily offended feeling that his mana had been trampled on. Te Ruki Kawiti was a prominent Maori chieftain (c1770 -1854), with Hone Heke he successfully fought the British in the First Maori War. ... Hone Wiremu Heke Pokai (?-August 6, 1850) was a Maori chief and war leader in New Zealand and the founder of Pokai. ... Mana is a traditional term and a concept among the speakers of Oceanic languages, including Melanesians, Polynesians and Micronesians. ...

Nene was already at war with Heke when the British troops began to arrive on the scene. They fought side by side, as allies but with almost complete incomprehension about each other's intentions. Nene described the British commander, Colonel Despard, as 'a very stupid man'. Despard on the other hand said "if I want help from savages I will ask for it". History tends to support Nene's opinion. Heke and Kawiti were only defeated once in the conflict, at Te Ahu Ahu on 12 June 1845, by Nene with no help from the British. June 12 is the 163rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (164th in leap years), with 202 days remaining. ... 1845 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...

After Ruapekapeka, Heke and Kawiti, still unbeaten, were ready for peace. It was Tamati Waka Nene they approached to negotiate with and with him that they concluded the terms. Nene then went to Auckland and told the Government that their war was over.

The Government lost a great deal of mana and influence in the North as a result of the war much of which flowed to Waka Nene. He and Heke were recognized as the two most influential men in the Tai Tokerau region. He was given a pension of one hundred pounds a year and had a cottage built for him in Kororareka, Russell. He continued to advise and assist the Government on matters such as the release of Te Rauparaha in 1848. Te Rauparaha (1760s?-1849) was a Maori Chief and War Leader of the Ngati Toa tribe who took a leading part in the Musket Wars. ...

When George Grey was knighted he chose Nene as one of his esquires. Then when he returned for his second term of governorship in 1860 he brought Nene a silver cup from Queen Victoria. Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria) (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837, and Empress of India from 1 January 1877, until her death. ...

Tamati Waka Nene died 4 August 1871 and is buried at Russell. The then Governor, George Bowen said the Nene did more than any other Maori to promote colonization and to establish the Queen's authority. August 4 is the 216th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (217th in leap years), with 149 days remaining. ... 1871 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...

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Tamati Waka Nene - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (804 words)
Waka Nene was born to chiefly rank being connected to most of the notable Māori families in Tai Tokerau, the Bay of Islands and Hokianga regions of the North Island of New Zealand.
Tamati Waka Nene died 4 August 1871 and is buried at Russell.
Tamati Waka Nene in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
First Maori War (3250 words)
During his absence one of Waka Nene's allies, the Hokianga chief, Makoare Te Taonui, attacked and captured Te Ahu Ahu This was a tremendous blow to Heke's mana or prestige, obviously it had to be recaptured as soon as possible.
With a formidable body of men and supported by artillery they sailed across the bay to the mouth of the Keri Keri River[?] and began to march inland to Ohaeawai[?] where Heke had built himself a formidable Pa. The conditions were atrocious: continual rain and wind on wet and sticky mud.
Kawiti and Heke both sued for peace and Tamati Waka Nene[?] argued on their behalf suggesting that clemency was the best way to ensure peace in the North.
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