THE UPRAISED HAND
61 x 50.5 cm, Oil on Linen, 2013
Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki (Gisborne, c. 1832-1893) Rongowhakaata iwi.
Guerrilla fighter, leader of men and the founder of the Ringatu religion (The Upraised Hand).
After escaping from penal exile in the Chatham Islands, Te Kooti and followers exacted a number
of murderous raids upon settlers and maori in the Bay of Plenty region sparking a huge tho'
unsuccessful manhunt throughout the Urewera. Eventually pardoned (1883) he continued to spread
the Ringatu message and fight for the return of appropriated land.