Kōrero: The New Zealand bush

Attack in the bush, 1868

Attack in the bush, 1868

Samuel Calvert’s wood engraving, originally published in the Illustrated New Zealand Herald, depicts an 1868 incident in the New Zealand wars. After the south Taranaki leader Tītokowaru attacked a government outpost, colonial soldiers advanced towards Tītokowaru’s , Te Ngutu-o-te-manu. Despite the impression given in this scene, the battle was a serious defeat for the colonial forces. Tītokowaru’s men, hidden in the bush, ambushed them and forced a retreat, with serious loss of life. Such incidents reinforced a view among 19th-century Europeans that the bush was a strategic refuge for Māori opponents of the government.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0047-1868-10-08
Wood engraving by Samuel Calvert

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'The New Zealand bush - Attitudes to the bush', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/14499/attack-in-the-bush-1868 (accessed 24 May 2022)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007