Taratoa and the code of conduct: A story from the battle of Gate Pa by Debbie McCauleyNovember 26th, 2014
The story of the Battle of Gate Pā or Pukehinahina has many aspects to it that should excite pupils imaginations and encourage them to learn about the history of New Zealand. Debbie McCauley with her 15-year-old daughter have together done a marvellous job presenting the people involved in the battle of 29 April in 1864. And also placing the events along side those happening in the world during the same period.
In particular they have told the story of Hēnare Taratoa, who penned a Code of Conduct that the Tauranga Māori followed. The four rules and words communicated to Colonel Greer by Rāwiri Tuaia Puhirake are used to frame the pages of script in the early pages of the book. The detailed images throughout the book link well with the information and provide a plenty of background material for young readers. Of particular value is the fact that the book is bilingual. It will be a valuable addition to the classroom and I am sure will be enjoyed by many students throughout the country.
Image of 150th Commemoration of the Battle of Gate Pā. Courtesy of the New Zealand Defence Force. Photo by Chris Weissenborn