Story: Musket wars

Te Rauparaha

Te Rauparaha

In this 1840s image of Ngāti Toa leader Te Rauparaha, he wears a feather in his hair and a pōhoi (feather-ball earring). Te Rauparaha is famous for the role he played during the musket wars. His brilliance as a general was in bringing together a collective of iwi to fight as allies against common enemies.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-114-047
Watercolour by R. Hall

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Basil Keane, 'Musket wars - Ngāti Toa and allies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/38089/te-rauparaha (accessed 11 December 2019)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012