Story: Musket wars

Kaimātaotao pā

Kaimātaotao pā

Kaimātaotao (right), belonging to Ngāti Tama, was located on the Waitangi River on Chatham Island. The pā facing it was constructed by Ngāti Mutunga to allow gunfire to be directed into Kaimātaotao pā from an elevated position. Both pā include innovations brought about by the introduction of muskets into Māori warfare.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
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Basil Keane, 'Musket wars - Acquisition and use of muskets', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012