Taratoa and the Code of Conduct: A story from the Battle of Gate Pā by Debbie McCauley

In the early 1860's, people around the world were reviewing methods of warfare and how to improve the way wounded soldiers from all sides were treated. Māori gathered to discuss leader Rāwiri Puhirake's ideas about the treatment of wounded in a battle they knew was inevitable. Hēnare Taratoa, a mission educated lay preacher and teacher, was one of those warriors, and it is he who wrote the Code of Conduct. After the battle British were stunned, not only by their defeat at Gate Pā, but by Māori compassion. This bilingual children's picture book tells a story from the Battle of Gate Pā at Pukehinahina (29 April 1864) which was a pivotal point in the history of Tauranga Moana.

Price: $24.95

For details on where to purchase, please go directly to the website below.

Illustrator: Sophie McCauley

Publisher: Mauao Publishing (Tauranga)

Published: April 2014

ISBN: 978-0-473-26895-4


Henare Wiremu Taratoa: Noble Warrior by Patricia Brooks

The life and times of a young New Zealander who in the 1840s adopted a European lifestyle. He was New Zealand's first overseas missionary, a teacher and a patriot who fought for his people and his country.

Patricia Brooks grew up at Pyes Pa near the battle site of Te Ranga. Like many at that time, she knew little of the heroic stand made by Maori in defence of their land. Over the years she has sought information on the life of Henare Wireum Taratoa, a Christian whose faith was tested by those who had first inspired him.

Price: $15

To purchase directly contact: patriciabrooks@xtra.co.nz

Available to buy at: Rules of Engagement Exhibition at Greerton Hall (click here for opening times and further information under our Events section)

ISBN: 9780473285449

Published: May 2014

Printed by: Kale Print (Tauranga)