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The prophet and the policeman : the story of Rua Kenana and John Cullen / Mark Derby.

By: Derby, Mark, 1956- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Nelson, N.Z. : Craig Potton, 2009Description: 142 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781877517112 (pbk.).Subject(s): Kenana, Rua, 1869-1937 | Cullen, John | Prophets -- New Zealand -- Whakatane District -- Biography | Police -- New Zealand -- Biography | Religious communities -- New Zealand -- Whakatane District -- History | Police -- New Zealand -- Whakatane District -- History | Ngāi Tūhoe (New Zealand people) -- Religion | Ngāi Tūhoe (New Zealand people) -- Government relations | Maori (New Zealand people) -- New Zealand -- Whakatane District -- History | Kōrero nehe | Whakapono | Tohunga matakite | Kōrero taumata | Wairoa District (N.Z.) -- HistoryDDC classification: 289.9092
Contents:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 129-127) and index. -In April 1916, John Cullen, the Commissioner (that is, the head) of the New Zealand Police Force, personally led a raid on the Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana's spiritual community at Maungapohatu, deep in the Urewera mountains. The raid, which was based on trumped-up charges, left two of Rua's followers dead and a number of others wounded, and is often described as the last battle of the New Zealand Wars. There is no doubt that the outcome of the raid was disastrous for race relations in this country and a historic low point for the New Zealand police. This book is an account of this extraordinarily dramatic, undeniably tragic and profoundly symbolic event in our history, told by recounting the life stories of its two principal protagonists. John Cullen was a farm labourer born in rural Ireland, who rose through the ranks to head the police force and was famously violent, devious and authoritarian. Rua was notably gentle and inspirational, although often mysterious and contradictory. This is a highly readable, potent and fascinating book of New Zealand history. The two subjects of this dual biography represent two poles of the national character, the archetypal Pakeha no-nonsense conservative who was quite prepared to break the law to serve the interests of the section of society he represented, and the semi-mythical Maori spiritual leader, steeped in mysterious charisma and pre-scientific beliefs. The 2007 anti-terrorist raids on Tuhoe activists and their urban anarchist supporters have given the 1916 Maungapohatu raid a whole new contemporary resonance, a connection that will be explored in the conclusion of this book.
Summary: In April 1916, John Cullen, the Commissioner of the New Zealand Police Force, personally led a raid on the Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana's spiritual community at Maungapohatu, deep in the Urewera mountains. The raid, which was based on trumped-up charges, left two of Rua's followers dead and a number of others wounded, and is often described as the last battle of the New Zealand Wars. The outcome of this raid was disastrous for race relations in this country and a historic low point for the New Zealand Police. This book is an account of this dramatic, tragic and profoundly symbolic event in our history, told by recounting the life stories of its two principal antagonists. John Cullen was a farm labourer born in rural Ireland, who rose through the ranks to head the police force and was famously violent, devious and authoritarian. Rua was notably gentle and inspirational, although often mysterious and contradictory.
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In 1916, John Cullen, Commissioner of the New Zealand Police Force, personally led a raid on the Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana's spiritual community deep in the Urewera mountains. This is often described as the last battle of the New Zealand Wars. This is a highly readable and fascinating book exploring a dramatic period in New Zealand's history.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 129-127) and index.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 129-127) and index. -In April 1916, John Cullen, the Commissioner (that is, the head) of the New Zealand Police Force, personally led a raid on the Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana's spiritual community at Maungapohatu, deep in the Urewera mountains. The raid, which was based on trumped-up charges, left two of Rua's followers dead and a number of others wounded, and is often described as the last battle of the New Zealand Wars. There is no doubt that the outcome of the raid was disastrous for race relations in this country and a historic low point for the New Zealand police. This book is an account of this extraordinarily dramatic, undeniably tragic and profoundly symbolic event in our history, told by recounting the life stories of its two principal protagonists. John Cullen was a farm labourer born in rural Ireland, who rose through the ranks to head the police force and was famously violent, devious and authoritarian. Rua was notably gentle and inspirational, although often mysterious and contradictory. This is a highly readable, potent and fascinating book of New Zealand history. The two subjects of this dual biography represent two poles of the national character, the archetypal Pakeha no-nonsense conservative who was quite prepared to break the law to serve the interests of the section of society he represented, and the semi-mythical Maori spiritual leader, steeped in mysterious charisma and pre-scientific beliefs. The 2007 anti-terrorist raids on Tuhoe activists and their urban anarchist supporters have given the 1916 Maungapohatu raid a whole new contemporary resonance, a connection that will be explored in the conclusion of this book.

In April 1916, John Cullen, the Commissioner of the New Zealand Police Force, personally led a raid on the Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana's spiritual community at Maungapohatu, deep in the Urewera mountains. The raid, which was based on trumped-up charges, left two of Rua's followers dead and a number of others wounded, and is often described as the last battle of the New Zealand Wars. The outcome of this raid was disastrous for race relations in this country and a historic low point for the New Zealand Police. This book is an account of this dramatic, tragic and profoundly symbolic event in our history, told by recounting the life stories of its two principal antagonists. John Cullen was a farm labourer born in rural Ireland, who rose through the ranks to head the police force and was famously violent, devious and authoritarian. Rua was notably gentle and inspirational, although often mysterious and contradictory.

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