Prayer Book, Te Kooti

Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki
Colenso, William
Production date
Mar 1869-Mar 1870
Current rights
Public Domain

Object detail

Brief Description
Book of prayers composed by Te Kooti. The text is written in Māori.

One of the prayers, written in 1869 reads:
A kua riro to matou wahi tipu i nga tangata keko koe tonu ia hei matua tipu moku. Ake ake. (Our homeland has fallen to the foreigners but you indeed are the one to be my true parent. Forever.)

In the back is a note written and signed by William Colenso reading:
Memo: This little pocket book was Te Kooti's constant companion, while a prisoner at the Chatham Islands, and also for long after, during the sanguinary war that followed their peaceably landing in N.Z. [New Zealand] on their own land. It was eventually taken, among war spoils, by the British troops, near the end of the campaign, and handed to me. I have translated a few of Te Kooti's prayers, which were published in my pamphlet Trial Justitia. W. Colenso.

Also enclosed in the book is a newspaper cutting dated 15 July 1869. The article concerns the escape of the Pai Mārire prisoners from the Chatham Islands to the pā at Whareongaonga.
Production date
Mar 1869-Mar 1870
Production technique
Media/Materials description
Brown cloth cover; handwritten with black ink on lined paper. Spine is hand sewn. Housed in an especially built acid free cardboard book enclosure; this is placed in an acid free box.
Measured closed: Height x Width: 122 x 78mm
Depth: 18mm
Subject date
Jun 1866-Jul 1868
Credit line
gifted by Misses Gladys & Daisy Hill
Other number(s)
m58/50E, 42224


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