Hauhauism: An Episode in the Maori Wars 1863-1866
HAUHAUISM — AN EPISODE IN THE MAORI WARS — 1863–1866
AN EPISODE IN THE MAORI WARS
Mr. Babbage has given us a short, clear and concise account in this book of the events which led up to this strange Maori cult, the background of the events of the Maori Wars, the spread of the religion, and its form and significance. An understanding of the cult is necessary to the study of the Maori Wars of the 'sixties. Pai Mariri, or Hauhauism, was in the main political. The prophet and founder, Te Ua, may have imagined himself inspired in the religious field, but his followers were concerned with hostility to the Pakeha. A little more wisdom and justice on the part of the Government would have sterilized the soil in which the half crazy prophet sowed his seed. At the time, however, the new religion was of national importance to Maori and Pakeha, and it was succeeded by the Ringa-tu cult.
The author has put his whole subject into correct perspective, and has given us a carefully documented account that will appeal to every student of New Zealand history.
The introduction contains an historical retrospect, and shows how the ground was made ready for the sowing of the seed of this fanatical cult. The first chapter deals with the rise of the prophet, Te Ua Haumene; the rapid development is shown, and its spread over a large territory. The terrible events following are graphically portrayed—the journeys of the messengers with the head of Captain Lloyd, and the martyrdom of the Rev. C.S. Volkner. Then comes the decline of Hauhauism, and a study of its general significance. Valuable appendices contain a Maori account of Te Ua, an article on existing nius, a selection of Hauhau chants and prayers, and the full text of Sir George Grey's proclamation. A very extensive bibliography is included. The book illustrated with maps and pictures.