The decade-long war between Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Toa began with a Ngāti Toa attack on Kaikōura in 1827–28. Ngāi Tahu were defeated at Kaikōura in the battle called Niho Maaka, and suffered other setbacks further south, but Ngāti Toa never succeeded in taking possession of Ngāi Tahu territory. Takahanga pā was sacked by Te Rauparaha, but today the marae is an important centre of Ngāi Tahu life, with a handsome modern meeting house. Its carvings fuse traditional and contemporary concepts, materials and techniques.
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