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Life in Early Poverty Bay

Final Expedition Against Te Kooti

Final Expedition Against Te Kooti.

In 1889, however, he decided to defy the Government, went to Auckland, and in spite of warnings travelled to the Bay of Plenty with a large number of followers, intending to revisit Turanga or Gisborne, as it was then known. A meeting was held at Makaraka school and a force of over 100 left Gisborne to prevent his reappearance in this district. The force was commanded by Colonel Porter, with Major Winter next in command, and Major Ropata in charge of the Ngati-Porous. Mr. Thelwall held the rank of sergeant-major in the advance guard. The force marched to Opotiki. Here it was ascertained that Te Kooti with a following of 150 men, women and children was at Ohua. The Hauhaus were surrounded but Te Kooti was missing. Later he came near and found himself in a net of Ngatiporous and the advance guard. He was arrested and later sent to the Supreme Court at Auckland and sentenced to remain in a prescribed area on the shore of Ohiwa harbor, where he died in 1893. Uncertainty as to the exact location of the body exists, however, to the present day.