❤ Sharing Folkworthy Stuffs ❤
1 Comment Vintage
Credit: Policemen with a group of Maori who participated in the Dog Tax Rebellion. Ref: 1/2-018754-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22917541
> Five members of the Ngapuhi resistance to the imposition of the dog tax and eight policemen, taken May 1898 by an unidentified photographer at Waima, Hokianga, when the protesters had surrendered. Left to right (in front of the unidentified policemen) are: Romana Te Paehangi, Hone Mete, resistance leader Hone Toia (standing), Wiremu Te Makara and Rakene Pahe. (Identification taken from `An illustrated history of NZ’ by J Bassett, J Binney & E Olsen, Wellington, 1990, p 207)
> The book `Northland made to order, a district police history’ by Charles Robert O’Hara, 1986, identifies the policemen in the image, and has a alternative identification of some of the rebels: Police constables, from left to right: Charles W Hendrey, John W Skinner, Alexander McGilp, John Beazley, John McNamara, Edward M Johnson, William McNeely and Douglas Gordon. Rebels: Makara, Hone Mete, Hone Toia, Eruera Rapana, and Rekini Pehi. [source](https://natlib.govt.nz/records/22917541)
The Dog Tax war was a confrontation in 1898 between the Crown and a group of Northern Māori, led by Hone Riiwi Toia, opposed to the enforcement of a ‘dog tax’. It has been described by some authors as the last gasp of the 19th-century wars between the Māori and the Pākehā, the British settlers of New Zealand. It was, however, a bloodless “war”, with only a few shots being fired. Hone Heke Ngapua, MHR for Northern Māori, was responsible for de-escalating the confrontation.
In the 1890s the Hokianga County Council imposed a tax of 2/6d (half crown) on each dog in the district. Many people, particularly in the South Hokianga, refused to pay—including Hone Riiwi Toia. It was this encroachment of British colonial laws over Māori autonomy that instigated an armed protest, the response to which became known as the Dog Tax War. [wikipedia]