List of massacres in New Zealand

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The following is a list of events that have been called massacres that have occurred in New Zealand (numbers may be approximate). Massacres considered part of the campaigns of the New Zealand Wars are listed separately:

Name Date Location Deaths Notes
Ashburton Work and Income 1 September 2014 Ashburton, Canterbury 2 Russell John Tully convicted of murder
RSA Panmure 8 December 2001 Panmure, Auckland 3 William Dwane Bell convicted of murder
Raurimu Rampage 8 February 1997 Raurimu, King Country 6 Also 4 wounded. Stephen Anderson found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity[1]
New Empire Hotel arson 4 February 1995 Hamilton 6 Alan Wayne Lory convicted of manslaughter
Bain family murders 20 June 1994 Dunedin 5 David Bain convicted, but acquitted in a re-trial. If David Bain was not the killer, evidence would suggest that the most likely culprit was Robin Bain (one of the dead).
Ratima family murders 26 June 1992 Masterton 7 Raymond Wahia Ratima convicted of murder
Schlaepfer family murders 20 May 1992 Paerata, Auckland Region 7 Shooter (Brian Schlaepfer) among dead
Aramoana massacre 13-14 November 1990 Aramoana, Otago 14 3 (unofficially 4) injuries. Shooter (David Gray) among dead
Noema Rika murders 27 May 1951 Otaki, Kapiti Coast 5 Shooter (Rika) among dead
Featherston prisoner of war camp riot 25 February 1943 Featherston, Wairarapa 49 80 wounded
1941 Kowhitirangi Shootings 8-20 October 1941 Kowhitirangi, West Coast 8 Shooter (Stanley Graham) among dead
Henare Hona murders 21 October 1934 Morrinsville, Waikato 6 Shooter (Hona) among dead
Himatangi tragedy 6 September 1929 Himatangi, Manawatu 7 Unsolved shooting and arson, possibly murder/suicide
Maungatapu murders 21 February 1866 Maungatapu, Tasman 5 Three members of a gang led by Richard Burgess were hanged for the murders
Finnigan family murders September 1865 Otahuhu, Auckland 4 or 5[2] also spelt Finnegan in contemporary sources. James Stack was convicted for the crime and hanged in April 1866
Maketū Wharetōtara murders 1841 Kororareka, Northland 5 Maketū Wharetōtara, also known as Wiremu Kīngi Maketū, became the first person officially executed in New Zealand (7 March 1842)[3][4]
Boyd massacre December 1809 Whangaroa Harbour, Northland 66
Revenge attacks following death of Marion du Fresne 13 June 1772-July 1772 Bay of Islands, Northland 250
Death of Marion du Fresne 12 June 1772 Bay of Islands, Northland 26

The New Zealand Wars[edit]

The following is a list of events that have been called massacres that occurred as part of the New Zealand Wars (numbers may be approximate):

Name Date Location Deaths Notes
Mohaka massacre 10 April 1869 Mohaka, Hawke's Bay 68 Part of Te Kooti's War
Pukearuhe massacre 13 February 1869 Pukearuhe, Taranaki 8 Attack on Pukearuhe Redoubt by a Ngāti Maniapoto war party
Ngatapa massacre 5 January 1869 Ngatapa, Gisborne 120 Part of Te Kooti's War
Poverty Bay massacre 10 November 1868 Poverty Bay, Gisborne 54 Part of Te Kooti's War
Rangiaowhia massacre 21 February 1864 Rangiaowhia, Waikato 11 Part of the Waikato War
Gilfillan family killings 18 April 1847 Wanganui 4 An act of utu (revenge) for the killing of a Māori chieftain during the Wanganui Campaign
Wairau Affray 17 June 1843 Tuamarina, Marlborough 26 8 wounded
Invasion of the Chatham Islands November 1835 Chatham Islands 2000 Part of the Musket Wars
Siege of Pukerangiora November 1831 Waitara River, Taranaki 1200 Part of the Musket Wars

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
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  3. ^ "An early tragedy", Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, 22 April 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  4. ^ Oliver, S. "Maketu Wiremu Kingi", Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, 30 October 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2015.