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Kāpara-te-hau (Lake Grassmere)

Kāpara-te-hau (Lake Grassmere)

At Kāpara-te-hau (Lake Grassmere) in the early 1830s Ngāi Tahu forces launched a surprise attack on their Ngāti Toa enemies. Although the chief Te Rauparaha managed to escape, Ngāi Tahu were victorious, and many Ngāti Toa were killed.

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Te Maire Tau, 'Ngāi Tahu - The southern Ngāi Tahu response', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2024)

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