Story: Te Waharoa, Wiremu Tamihana Tarapipipi

Land negotiators on the banks of the Waihou River, Waikato, 1865 or 1866

Land negotiators on the banks of the Waihou River, Waikato, 1865 or 1866

Since 1859, entrepreneur Josiah Clifton Firth (back row, second from left) had sought to acquire the fertile Matamata plains, and following the war in the Waikato, he negotiated with Wiremu Tamihana Tarapipipi Te Waharoa of Ngati Haua (back row, third from left) to lease substantial tracts. After Tamihana's death in 1866, Firth and others such as William Australia Graham (front row, right) were able to purchase the land at bargain prices.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, Firth Family Collection (MS-Papers-1491)
Reference: MS-Papers-1491-09/1-3-04

How to cite this page:

Evelyn Stokes. 'Te Waharoa, Wiremu Tamihana Tarapipipi', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1990, updated February, 2006. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1t82/te-waharoa-wiremu-tamihana-tarapipipi (accessed 20 September 2019)