2 Oct 2013

Te Wherowhero - Part 14: The Governors

From the collecton The Wednesday Drama

The early Governors - Hobson, Fitzroy and Grey - all honoured and respected Te Wherowhero. He was especially close to Sir George Grey and, with his son Tukaroto, was a frequent guest on Kawau Island. When Hone Heke threatened the young city of Auckland, Te Wherowhero warned him off. When chiefs to the east and the south wanted to drive Pakeha from the land, he maintained that the Governor would not allow wrong to be done to the Maori people. A prediction of 'dire calamities' eventually came true but Te Wherowhero did not live to see the land wars of the 1860s.