Located in Te Ngutu o te Manu Battlesite and Historic Reserve on Ahipaipa Road in Okaiawa, this memorial was originally "a temporary wooden cross to be erected on the spot where Major Von Tempsky fell, to be replaced by a more permanent memorial at some later date" (Hawera Star 17 July 1886). The concrete cross was subsequently erected in 1890

On 6 September 1908 a fortieth anniversary memorial service was held at Te Ngutu and on 7 September 1968 a centennial event was held at the site.

A note in Rigby Allan's papers dated 13 December 1958 mentions the replacement of the original wording "Maori rebels" with "Maori tribes" on the front panel of the memorial: 

Their 'rebel' days are ended. The words 'rebels' erased and replaced by 'tribes' thorough the persistence of the Tara Regional Committee of the National Historic Places Trust.



This cross is erected in memory / of the officers & men who fell / or died from wounds received / near this spot in engagements / with the Maori Tribes on the night / of August 20th and the morning of / August 21st 1868 and on Sep 7th 1868.

On August 20
Private Geary, Wellington Rangers.
[Private] R. Wallace [Wellington Rangers]
[Private] Kerr [Wellington Rangers]
Constable McCoy, No. 5 Company, A.C. [Armed Constabulary]
[Constable] McKay, [No. 5 Company, A.C.]
[Constable] Dwyer [No. 5 Company, A.C.]

On September 7
Major Von Tempsky, [No. 5 Company, A.C.]
Constable Gilligan, [No. 5 Company, A.C.]
[Constable] Davis, [No. 5 Company, A.C.]
[Constable] Farren, [No. 5 Company, A.C.]
Corporal Russell, No. 3 Company, A.C.
[Corporal] Fennessey, [No. 3 Company, A.C.]
Constable Elkin, [No. 3 Company, A.C.]
[Constable] Hart, [No. 3 Company, A.C.]
[Constable] O'Connor, No. 2 Company, A.C.
Captain Buck, Wellington Rifles.
Lance-Corporal Lumsden, [Wellington Rifles]
Private Grant, [Wellington Rifles]
Lieutenant Hunter, Wellington Rangers.
[Lieutenant] Hastings, [Wellington Rangers]
Private Hughes [Wellington Rangers]
[Private] Dicks, Taranaki Volunteers.
Captain Palmer, Patea Rifles.
Private Dartington, [Patea Rifles]
[Private] Downes, [Patea Rifles]

Helyer W[elling]ton


Henry Hunter

Lieutenant Henry Boyle Hunter is buried in Heads Road Cemetery, Whanganui. His headstone reads:

New Zealand Wars / Henry Boyle Hunter / Wellington Rangers / Killed in action at / Te-Ngutu-o-te Manu / 7.9.1868 / Aged 20 yrs

Henry's brother William was killed at Moturoa and the original memorial to the two brothers featured an elaborate pillar topped with an urn.

Peter Norman

The headstone in Te Hēnui Cemetery (Block H, Plot 1293) has the following inscription: 

Mary Ann Norman who died 21st April 1866 and her husband Peter Norman who was killed at the Te Ngutu o te Manu massacre 6th September 1868

but Peter was actually killed at Moturoa on 7 November 1868.




Related Information


A visit to Te-Ngutu-o-te-Manu and to Were-were (Hawera Star 12 July 1886)


Advertisements for great military memorial service (Hawera Star 5 September 1908)


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