Story: Riri - traditional Māori warfare

Distribution of pā in New Zealand (1st of 2)

Distribution of pā in New Zealand

This map shows where Māori were found throughout New Zealand. They were located in the best areas to grow Polynesian crops such as kūmara and taro. Fortified pā were built to protect the inhabitants in times of war.

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Source: Malcolm McKinnon, ed., Bateman New Zealand historical atlas: ko papatuanuku e takoto nei. Auckland: David Bateman, 1997, plate 11

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Basil Keane, 'Riri - traditional Māori warfare - Making war and making peace', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 March 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012