Litchfield Cathedral Episcopal Chapel Window (Staffordshire, England)

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Litchfield Cathedral Episcopal Chapel Window (Staffordshire, England).


Taratoa had been educated by Bishop Selwyn, first Bishop of New Zealand, from 1845 to 1853. After the Battle of Te Ranga ‘on Hēnare’s body was found the Poteriwhi Code of Conduct along with the words in Māori... If thine enemy hunger feed him, if he thirst, give him to drink’ Romans 12:20 (Ki tematekai tou hoariri, whangainga: Ki te matewai, whakainumia) (Cowan, 1983, p. 439). When Selwyn returned to England he built an Episcopal Chapel opposite the north side of the Lichfield Cathedral. Using money obtained through public subscription after the New Zealand Wars he had painted windows placed in the chapel, each window representing the chivalrous side of a soldier’s life. One window representing David pouring out the water which three soldiers had fetched from the well at Bethlehem at the risk of their lives (I Chron. XI, 17-19), is dedicated to Taratoa’s comparable act of chivalry (Mair, 1937, pp. 86-88) thus perpetuating identity with this act. Tauranga historian Jean (Jinty) Rorke supports this, stating; ‘This was intended to record Hēnare Taratoa’s act of giving water to the wounded after the battle of Gate Pā’ (as cited by Gibbs, 2009, p. 12). Photograph: Te Ao Hou.

Bush, E. (1975, June). These things we must not forget. Te Ao Hou, (76), pp.38-40. Retrieved July 10, 2011, from

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