Story: Whanganui tribes

Moutoa Island (1st of 2)

Moutoa Island

The Battle of Moutoa was fought on this small island in the middle of the Whanganui River. The conflict was between the upriver supporters of the anti-European Pai Mārire (Hauhau) movement and the lower river peoples. It lasted a mere half an hour, but cost the lives of perhaps 50 Hauhau and 15 lower river Māori, along with one European, lay brother Euloge Chabany from the nearby Catholic mission.

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David Young, 'Whanganui tribes - Wars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/2186/moutoa-island (accessed 30 September 2020)

Story by David Young, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017