Story: Ngāi Tahu

Ōnawe pā, Akaroa Harbour (1st of 2)

Ōnawe pā, Akaroa Harbour

After sacking the at Kaiapoi in late 1831 or early 1832, Te Rauparaha returned to Akaroa Harbour, where he had seized the Ngāi Tahu chief Te Maiharanui (Tama-i-hara-nui). In anticipation of this, Ngai Tahu of Banks Peninsula had built a pā on the Ōnawe Peninsula. This photograph shows the peninsula, jutting out into Akaroa Harbour. Te Rauparaha took the pā, but this was as far south as he penetrated. Southern Ngāi Tahu later regrouped to take the fighting to the north of the South Island.

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Te Maire Tau, 'Ngāi Tahu - Wars with Ngāti Toa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/3371/onawe-pa-akaroa-harbour (accessed 18 April 2019)

Story by Te Maire Tau, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017