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Whakawhitiwhiti pā

Whakawhitiwhiti pā

Whakawhitiwhiti (back centre), with its earthworks still well-defined, is one of the most impressive pā remaining in New Plymouth. It probably dates from the turbulent period in the 1700s when the boundary of the Taranaki and Te Āti Awa tribes fluctuated between the Waiwhakaiho River and Paritutū. This late-afternoon view of Whakawhitiwhiti is from Blagdon. More than 60 pā and kāinga have been recorded within the bounds of New Plymouth city and its outlying suburbs. Most have been destroyed or badly damaged as the town expanded, but several still remain in reserves.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki places - New Plymouth', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2021)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Sep 2016