This whakatauki relates to Heeni Te Kiri Karamu born in 1840. She is best remembered as the compassionate heroine of the 1864 battle at Pukehinahina (Gate Pa) on the outskirts of Tauranga. During a lull in the conflict, Heeni heard a cry for help from a mortally wounded British officer. She crept down to where the officer lay and gave him and some others water to drink.
By Order-in-Council, dated 18 May 1865, the whole of the tribal area of lands known as Tauranga Moana was confiscated by the Crown under the New Zealand Settlements Act 1863 for rebellious acts by the natives during two local battles. In 1975, a deputation from the Tauranga Moana Maori Executive committee on behalf of all Tauranga Moana tribes made submissions to a Parliamentary Select Committee for compensation for these lands. These submissions were accepted by Prime Minister Rowling at the time. With a change of government however, it was not until 1981 that an Act to establish The Tauranga Moana Maori Trust Board (TMMTB) was passed by Parliament.
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