Story: Te Āti Awa of Taranaki

Letter from Wiremu Kīngi Te Rangitāke

This letter from Wiremu Kīngi Te Rangitāke to the governor Thomas Gore Browne in 1859 is a protest against the British Crown’s secret dealings with Te Teira, a junior chief who agreed to sell Te Āti Awa land at Waitara. Despite the Crown’s knowledge that Kīngi was the paramount chief, they agreed to purchase tribal land from Te Teira.

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Reference: William Martin, The Taranaki question. Auckland: Melanesian Press, 1860, pp. 29–30.

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Peter Adds, 'Te Āti Awa of Taranaki - War and a kind of peace', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/791/letter-from-wiremu-kingi-te-rangitake (accessed 9 December 2021)

Story by Peter Adds, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017