Story: Ngāi Tahu

Plan of Kaiapoi pā

Plan of Kaiapoi pā

At the time of Ngāti Toa’s attacks on Ngāi Tahu, Kaiapoi was the greatest of Ngāi Tahu’s settlements. As this plan shows, it was surrounded on three sides by swamp and modified at its landward approach because Ngāti Toa were well armed with muskets. In 1831–32, after a long siege, Te Rauparaha managed to take the pā when the palisades caught fire.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: MapColl-834.44941hkcmf/1870/Acc5100
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Te Maire Tau, 'Ngāi Tahu - Wars with Ngāti Toa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/1679/plan-of-kaiapoi-pa (accessed 16 October 2019)

Story by Te Maire Tau, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017