Story: Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi

Wairau incident, 1843

This audio guide relates the story of the 1843 land dispute at Wairau, near Te Waiharakeke (Blenheim), which resulted in nearly 30 deaths. This tragic incident was triggered by questionable land dealings by agents of the New Zealand Company. It led both Māori and non-Māori to question whether the undertakings given in Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) would be upheld.

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How to cite this page:

Claudia Orange, 'Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi - The first decades after te tiriti – 1840 to 1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/36353/wairau-incident-1843 (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by Claudia Orange, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2023 with assistance from Claudia Orange