Kaiapohia was the great pā (fortified settlement) of the Ngāi Tahu tribe, and a base from which the tribe spread out and came to dominate most of the South Island. But in a disastrous conflict with North Island tribe Ngāti Toa, most of the residents of Kaiapohia were killed and the settlement was abandoned. Today Ngāi Tahu are flourishing once again.
Listen to a Roadside Story about Kaiapohia. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.
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Taonga puoro courtesy of Richard Nunns