Te Manuwhakahoro (Birds or Kites Made to Fall) by Duane Moyle (2010)

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Te Manuwhakahoro (Birds or Kites Made to Fall) by Duane Moyle (2010).

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Some time after the Battle of Kokowai, Te Kumikumi of the Waitaha people (near Te Puke) was killed by a party of Ngai Te Rangi. His son’s Ruataumanu and Whiti devised a plan to avenge their father’s death. They learnt the art of kite making and one early morning they flew their kites on the shore near Hopukiore (Mt Drury) to simulate a flock of birds diving on a school of fish. The Ngai Te Rangi living on Mauao saw what they believed were birds and rushed down to the beach with their nets ready to catch fish. The birds fell out of the sky and the exhausted fishermen were attacked by the waiting Waitaha warriors who massacred them on the beach in front of Motuotau (Rabbit Island).

The view I have chosen is the view the Ngai Te Rangi victims would have looked upon as they came racing down Mauao to catch fish. The tukutuku structure is one I have created based on the traditional shape of a Maori kite.

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Te Manuwhakahoro (Birds or Kites Made to Fall) by Duane Moyle (2010)


First Names:Duane
Last Name:Moyle
Date of Birth:1977
Place of Birth:Tauranga, New Zealand
City:Tauranga, New Zealand
Year:2010
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Te Manuwhakahoro (Birds or Kites Made to Fall) by Duane Moyle (2010) by Debbie McCauley (Tauranga City Libraries) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand License