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Kaiapoi pā

Kaiapoi pā

It is difficult to see the remains of Kaiapoi from the ground, but from the air the club-shaped outline of the earthworks is visible. Built around 1700, the pā was the largest and most important of Ngāi Tahu strongholds. It was considered impregnable, but Ngāti Toa invaders from the north breached its defences in 1832 and slaughtered the inhabitants.

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury places - Kaiapoi district', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015, updated 17 Aug 2015