It was 150 years ago today that missionary Carl Volkner was killed. Te Whakatōhea chief Mokomoko was wrongfully charged with his murder and hung for it. The government responded by confiscating hectares of Te Whakatōhea land. Those injustices still resonate and are threaded through the songs Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti will perform this week at Te Matatini.
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Reconciliation was made between the Hīona St Stephen's Anglican Church in Ōpōtiki and the descendants of the Whakatōhea chief, Mokomoko as the 150th commemorations of the church took place over the Easter weekend.
The Mokomoko whānau of Te Whakatōhea has finally found redemption after a bill pardoning their ancestor passed through Parliament today.