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Memorial to the battle of Tuturau

Memorial to the battle of Tuturau

By the mid-1830s, the wars between Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Toa had reached a stalemate. In one last bid to take Ngāi Tahu territory, Te Pūoho (a chief of the Ngāti Tama tribe, allied to Ngāti Toa) made an extraordinary journey in 1836 from north-west Nelson, down the West Coast and over Haast Pass to Southland. There, at Tuturau, he was surprised by Ngāi Tahu and killed. A monument marks the site of this last engagement.

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Te Maire Tau, 'Ngāi Tahu - The southern Ngāi Tahu response', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/1664/memorial-to-the-battle-of-tuturau (accessed 23 July 2019)

Story by Te Maire Tau, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017