Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti - The legacy of Mokomoko

By Heeni Brown

It was 150 years ago today that missionary Carl Volkner was killed. Te Whakatōhea chief Mokomoko was wrongfully charged with his murder and hung for it. The government responded by confiscating hectares of Te Whakatōhea land. Those injustices still resonate and are threaded through the songs Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti will perform this week at Te Matatini.