The small Taranaki town of Waitara has been the site of many battles, including major conflict between Waikato war parties and the local Te Āti Awa people. In 1860 a dispute over land ownership at Waitara led to the first Taranaki war between Māori and the government.
Listen to a Roadside Story about Waitara and the wars. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.
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