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Dog tax rebellion, May 1898

Dog tax rebellion, May 1898

Police stand guard over five Ngāpuhi who had resisted the imposition by Hokianga County Council of a tax of 2s. 6d. on dogs. The protest was led by Hōne Tōia (centre, wearing a hat). The protesters had descended on Rāwene with arms, and the government responded by sending a warship and 120 armed men. The leaders of the rebellion were arrested and imprisoned. In this May 1898 photo, taken in the Hokianga, are (police constables, from left): Charles W. Hendrey, John W. Skinner, Alexander McGilp, John Beazley, John McNamara, Edward M. Johnson, William McNeely and Douglas Gordon. In front, from left, are Romana Te Paehangi, Hōne Mete, Tōia (standing), Wiremu Te Makara and Rakene Pahe.

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Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand wars - New Zealand wars overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Danny Keenan, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2017