Story: Taranaki region

Conflict in Taranaki, 1850s to 1880s

Taranaki was an unsettled area in the 1850s, as Pākehā settler pressure for land fostered rivalry and conflict among local Māori. The 1860s saw British and later colonial forces fight Māori throughout the region as many Māori resisted challenges to their authority and autonomy. By 1870 settler ascendancy was assured, but over the next 10 years Māori sought to limit its influence, in particular by peaceful resistance led from Parihaka in the late 1870s. However, Parihaka was in turn occupied and largely destroyed by colonial forces in November 1881.

A series of six maps shows the course of the conflict from 1860 to 1881.

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How to cite this page:

Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - Māori–Pākehā conflict', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 October 2019)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015