Topic: Puketapu Cross
Taumaha Reserve, 224 Corbett Road, Bell Block.
Originally erected in wood by the Scenery Preservation Society in c1909-11 (see Th 1 May1909 in Documents below). This concrete replacement was made in 1941)
Text on Crossarm
Small Plaque on upright
The NZ Govt
Translation: A memorial of remembrance to Rawiri Waiaua and his friends/compatriots who fell in this area on the 3rd of August 1854 as they upheld their allegiance to the government.
The cross marks the site where, in 1854, Puketapu chief, Rawiri Waiaua and 26 followers were ambushed by other members of the hapu opposed to land sales and led by Waitere Katatore. A number of Rawiri's party were killed or wounded and Waiaua died later in the Colonial Hospital at Te Henui, New Plymouth. Those killed were reportedly buried at this site.