In an attempt to prevent the fighting in Taranaki from spreading to other regions and tribes, Governor Thomas Gore Browne held a conference of rangatira at Kohimarama, Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), in August 1860. More than 100 rangatira attended (a similar number refused to do so). The conference was held at the Melanesian Mission station founded by Bishop Selwyn, shown in this photograph taken around 1860. This beach later became known as Mission Bay. Two waka and a group of whare can be seen in the foreground.
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