Story: Ngāti Whātua

Āpihai Te Kawau

Āpihai Te Kawau

This 1842 engraving by Joseph Jenner Merrett is of the Ngāti Whātua chief Āpihai Te Kawau. While Te Kawau was absent in the 1820s, involved in a long campaign with Waikato tribes, Ngāpuhi under Hongi Hika took their revenge. They devastated much of the Auckland isthmus and dispersed many Ngāti Whātua.

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Lithograph by Joseph Jenner Merrett

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngāti Whātua - European contact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017