Microscopic analysis of ancient nets preserved in museums shows that they were mainly made of fibers obtained from the bark of the hauhau
, a tree of which only very few examples remain today.
Roland's captor, Ngarara, is described as 'a study of all the evil passions which degrade the human race to the level of the brute', while the Hauhau
feature as 'a company of anthropoids devoid of human speech, and capable of only the purely animal expression of the baser passions' (p.
They are also looking for Maori prop Barry Hauhau
and George Sutherland to keep up their good run of form at Calvary Park.
e kimikimi ana pea koutou, he aha ra a Te Wananga, whakarongo mai, he Perehi ahau a Te Wananga hei whakaatu i nga korero a ia Waka, a ia Waka, ahakoa iwi hauhau
, iwi Kawanatanga, he Maori katoa tatou, tenei Te Wananga hei whakamarama i nga mamae e peehi nei i te iwi maori .
1982), pp 164-166; J Cowan, The New Zealand Wars: A History of the Maori Campaigns and the Pioneering Period: Vol II: The Hauhau
Wars, 1864-1872 (Wellington, NZ: W A G Skinner, Government Printer, 1923), pp 148-154; and J Rorke, Policing Two Peoples: A History of Police in the Bay of Plenty 1867-1992 ([Tauranga, NZ]: Jinty Rorke and the New Zealand Police, 1993), pp 1-2.
If we look at Morey's novel more closely, though, we can see not a vapid, modish spiritualising but a push towards its opposite, a rematerialisation that locates the protagonist in her own history, through (for example) an imagery of photographic development (of 'the past') and the fact that her ghostly kaitiaki is a Hauhau
from the Taranaki wars.