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No. 26 (March 1959)
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TE KOOTI IN THE KING COUNTRY

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This is one of the very few genuine portraits of Te Kooti in existence today. As far as we know it has never been published before. The original painting hangs in the Otago Early Settlers' Museum, Dunedin, and we are indebted to that institution for permission to copy and reproduce it. The painting portrays the defensive campaign fought by Te Kooti Rikirangi Tunuki in the Urewera and King Country in 1870–71. In this classic campaign, Te Kooti managed successfully to elude capture by a large and persistent force of picked colonial troops assisted by loyal Maori forces under Major Ropaha Wahawaha.