Story: Nelson region

Wairau affray: Te Rangihaeata (1st of 2)

Wairau affray: Te Rangihaeata

Te Rangihaeata was the nephew of Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha, and was his 'fighting general'. Late in 1842 the New Zealand Company turned its attention to expansion from Nelson into the Wairau valley due to the lack of suitable grazing land in Nelson. Te Rangihaeata and Te Rauparaha consistently denied that the area had ever been sold to settlers. In 1843, having carefully laid aside the movable property of the surveyors, they burnt down a surveyors’ hut in the Wairau valley. This led to conflict in which at least 26 people died.

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Māori history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 3 Aug 2015