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Māori migrations after 1820

Māori migrations after 1820

In the 1820s tribal groups from Waikato and Taranaki migrated south, attracted by the opportunity for trade with Europeans around Cook Strait. The Taranaki tribes made incursions into Wairarapa as well. Many Wairarapa Māori retreated to relatives at Māhia – a journey known as Te heke ki Nukutaurua. After the invaders had been repelled in the early 1840s, locals returned to Wairarapa.

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Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa region - Māori settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/12078/maori-migrations-after-1820 (accessed 8 December 2019)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 3 Mar 2017