The Pai Mārire and the Anahera Hau
oil on woollen blanket
360 x 460 mm
Pai Mārire incorporated biblical and Māori spiritual elements and promised its followers deliverance from British domination. Although founded with peaceful motives, (its name means "Good and Peaceful"), Pai Mārire became known for an extremist form of the religion known to the Europeans as "Hauhau". The Pai Mārire movement was a syncretic Māori religion founded in Taranaki by the prophet Te Ua Haumēne. It flourished in the North Island from about 1863 to 1874. “Anahera hau,” or “wind angels,” was a reference to the angels that came to the followers of Pai Marie on the winds of heaven.