In 1864 Tauranga Māori and British were about to fight each other at Pukehinahina. This would become known as the Battle of Gate Pā.
Four months after the Battle of Gate Pā, on the 22nd of August 1864, the first Geneva Convention was signed. This is an international agreement about the treatment of people captured and wounded during wartime. It has very similar values to Taratoa’s Code of Conduct.
"In the early 1860s people around the world were reviewing methods of warfare and improvements to how wounded soldiers from all sides were treated. Tauranga M?aori were among those pondering the same ideals as notable reformers Henry Dunant and Florence Nightingale. H?enare Taratoa penned a Code of Conduct prior to the Battle of Gate P?a at Pukehinahina (29 April 1864). After the battle the British were stunned, not only by their defeat, but by M?aori compassion. This bilingual book tells the story of Taratoa's Code of Conduct and the compassionate actions that resulted"--Back cover.
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