Story: Marlborough places

Site of Wairau affray

Site of Wairau affray

This benign pastoral setting at Tuamarina was the site of a bloody episode in June 1843 when a law enforcement posse from the year-old Nelson settlement clashed with Ngāti Toa leader Te Rauparaha and his supporters. The quarrel was ultimately over who owned the land. Twenty-two settlers and at least four Māori died in the clash.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Marlborough places - Lower Wairau', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2023)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 18 Jun 2015