Kōwhitirangi Shootings

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Location: 8 Oct 1941map
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On October 8 1941, Eric Stanley George Graham murdered 4 people in Kōwhitirangi. After disappearing into the bush with his rifle, he returned the next day and shot two more. It took a nationwide manhunt in New Zealand involving over hundreds of police and military personnel. On October 20 1941, Graham was shot dead by Constable James Quirke, of Auckland. [1] A fifth gunshot victim from October 8th succumbed to his injuries two years later.

2004 Victim Memorial

In 2004, 63 years after the tragedy in Kōwhitirangi, a memorial was erected in remembrance of the police officers and locals who lost their lives. It would also serve as a reminder for some who would have rather left the past in the past.

Settlers Hall

An image of the Koiterangi Settlers Hall. It has since been determined that Koiterangi was a terrible English flaw for the local name of the farming area, which has since been correctly renamed Kōwhitirangi - a Maori name which is interpreted as "The Sun Rays from Heaven". [2]


  1. https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/west-coast/armed-and-dangerous
  2. https://www.wikitree.com/photo/jpg/K_333_whitirangi-3

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