January 26, 2015
Window celebrates Kai Tahu fighter
A replica of a stained glass window featuring the Ngai Tahu leader who kicked off the tribe’s treaty claim 160 years ago has been installed in the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum’s permanent Kai Tahu exhibition.
The original window is at Kotahitanga Church in Moeraki.
The museum’s public programmes developer Rua McCallum says Matiaha Tiramorehu of Ngai Tuahuriri settled in Moeraki with 100 survivors of the Kaiapoi siege.
In 1854 he made the first formal complaint to Governor Eyre that the food gathering sites had been destroyed at Moeraki and reserves that had been allocated to the natives were too small to live off.
He warned that though the governor would return to England, the tribe would never cease complaining to the white people who may thereafter come here.
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