Story: Hōiho – horses and iwi

Waiohiki (3rd of 4)


A large number of horses and some carts wait outside the home of the chief Tāreha Te Moananui at Waiohiki, Hawke’s Bay, in the 1860s. By that time, horses were common among Māori in the area. The missionary William Colenso noted that within a few years of seeing a horse led from Rotorua to Clive in 1847, every Hawke’s Bay Māori who could afford to had bought one.

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Basil Keane, 'Hōiho – horses and iwi - Introduction of horses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 1 Jul 2015