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Stone terracing, Te Koru pā

Stone terracing, Te Koru pā

A short walk over farmland outside Ōakura leads to Te Koru historic reserve, on a loop of the Ōakura River. The river-stone terracing of the ditches and banks – only found in this part of Taranaki – is the most elaborate in the region. The pā belonged to the Ngā Mahanga-a-Tairi people. Some time between 1800 and 1805 the pā was attacked and taken by a Te Āti Awa war party from Rewarewa (at the mouth of the Waiwhakaiho River) and Puketapu (Bell Block).

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki places - Cape Egmont', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/25897/stone-terracing-te-koru-pa (accessed 11 August 2020)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Sep 2016