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Heke Pokai, Hone Wiremu (c. 1807/8–1850), Maori war leader, was born at Pakaraka, inland from the Bay of Islands in the North Island of New Zealand. His birth probably took place shortly after the great battle between his people and Ngati Whatua, often known as ...

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Hone Wiremu Heke Pokai (c. 1807/88–1850) by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, pubd 1847 (after George French Angas) [left, with Eruera Maihi Patuone] Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa (PUBL-0014-44)

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Makoni, Mutota (c. 1835–1896), anti-colonial warrior, is believed to have been born in the Maungwe region, later overlapping with the Makoni district, some 50 miles north-west of Mutare in Mashonaland. Centred on a succession of stone-built villages, whose complex fortifications impressed the British hunter ...

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Mapondera, Kadungure (1840s–1904), warrior chief in Africa, was born at Nyota, a mountain stronghold of the Negomo dynasty, in what is now northern Mashonaland, Zimbabwe. Mapondera's mother, Mwera, was a mhondwa, a slave wife, but there is no agreement as to who his father was. Some accounts favour ...

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Ne Win (1911–2002) by unknown photographer, 1958 Getty Images

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Ne Win (1911–2002), military ruler of Burma, was born Shu Maung on 14 May 1911 in Paungdale, central Burma, the son of Po Kha, a revenue surveyor, and his wife, Mi Le. His father's home was said to be a frequent stop for touring nationalist politicians despite his employment by the British colonial government. Having attended ...

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Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki (c. 1832–1893), Maori fighter and religious leader, was born about 1832 at Te Pa-o-Kahu, Turanganui-a-Kiwa (Poverty Bay), New Zealand, the second of four surviving children of Hone Te Rangipatahi and Turakau (Heni), of the Rongowhakaata tribe. His line of descent was collateral to the senior ...

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Te Rauparaha (d. 1849), Maori chief and war leader, was said to have been born shortly before Captain James Cook visited New Zealand, perhaps in 1768, at Te Taharoa, south of Kawhia, on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand...

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Te Rauparaha (d. 1849) by John Alexander Gilfillan, c. 1842 Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa

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Te Wherowhero, Potatau (c. 1775–1860), Maori king and war leader, was born in the late eighteenth century, possibly between 1770 and 1780, and probably in central Waikato in the North Island of New Zealand. He was the eldest son of the Waikato war leader and (...