Story: East Coast region

Te Kooti on the East Coast

After escaping with many followers from exile on the Chatham Islands to the East Coast, Māori prophet and military leader Te Kooti moved inland, seeking to establish a secure position in Te Urewera. Te Kooti later returned to Poverty Bay, raiding the settlement at Matawhero and killing between 50 and 55 – virtually all – of its inhabitants. Besieged at Ngātapa, he escaped inland, but many of his party were killed by their opponents.

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Monty Soutar, 'East Coast region - European impact on Māori, 1769 to 1869', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Monty Soutar, updated 1 Mar 2015