In the 1980s James Belich argued that Tītokowaru’s war had become a ‘dark secret’ of New Zealand history, ‘forgotten by the Pākehā as a child forgets a nightmare’. For Belich, Tītokowaru was ‘arguably the best general New Zealand has ever produced’.
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'I love Taranaki more every day. I suppose I was born to live here,' wrote Maria Atkinson – pioneer, writer, and the first Pakeha woman to climb Mt Taranaki.
Jane Maria Richmond was born in London in 1824. She was 28 when, with family members and friends, she set sail for a new life in New Plymouth. There, four families – the Richmonds, Atkinsons, Hursthouses and Ronalds – linked by intermarriages, formed what Maria referred to as 'the mob'. The menfolk of 'the mob' in particular played prominent roles in the early New Plymouth community.