Story: Wairarapa region

Māori migrations after 1820

Māori migrations after 1820

In the 1820s tribal groups from Waikato and Taranaki migrated south, attracted by the opportunity to trade with Europeans around Cook Strait. The Taranaki tribes then made incursions into Wairarapa. Many Wairarapa Māori sought sanctuary with relatives at Māhia – a journey known as Te heke ki Nukutaurua. After the invaders were 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, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 1 Mar 2017