Kihikihi, Rewi Maniapoto memorial
Rewi Maniapoto Reserve. Image: Amanda Trayesexpand/collapse

As they tightened their grip on the Waikato, the British occupied the farming settlement of Kihikihi, the home of the revered Kīngitanga chief Rewi Maniapoto.

The soldiers looted and torched Rewi’s house.  But he and his people had already abandoned their land and extensive plantings.  Hundreds of Māori were seen driving their horses and cattle to safety south of the Puniu River.

Today it is the site of the Rewi Maniapoto reserve where you will find the monument for Rewi Maniapoto’s tomb donated by Sir George Grey, his old adversary.