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Journeys of exile (2nd of 2)

Journeys of exile

In 1822 the Ngāti Whātua leader Āpihai Te Kawau arrived home from a campaign to find that Ngāpuhi had annihilated many Tāmaki settlements. Fearing further Ngāpuhi attacks, he and his people retreated to Ōneonenui , near Muriwai. By summer they felt sufficiently secure to return to Tāmaki, settling at Te Rehu (Westmere). Following the Te-Ika-a-ranganui battle in 1825, Te Kawau sought shelter in Waikato. In the winter of 1826 Ngāti Whātua moved north to Mahurangi, where they were made welcome by Ngāpuhi relatives but subjected to a series of attacks by hostile northern tribes. These forced them to retreat to Kopupaka, near Whenuapai, from where Te Kawau accepted the protection of Ngāti Paoa at Whakatīwai in 1827. Still feeling unsafe, the sub-tribe sought greater security in Waikato, settling at Te Horo, by the Waipā River, in 1831. Te Kawau’s people returned to Tāmaki later in the decade.

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Margaret McClure, 'Auckland region - Māori history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/17133/journeys-of-exile (accessed 6 July 2020)

Story by Margaret McClure, updated 1 Aug 2016