Story: Ngāti Porou

Remains of the pā at Waerenga-a-Hika

Remains of the pā at Waerenga-a-Hika

In 1865 a civil war broke out among Ngāti Porou as one group fought Pai Mārire converts. A bitter battle took place at Waerenga-a-Hika, just inland from modern Gisborne. Ngāti Porou and government forces besieged the , which held some 800 Pai Mārire sympathisers, mostly from Tūranga. The pā fell after five days: 11 of the besieging force and 71 defenders were killed.

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Tamati Muturangi Reedy, 'Ngāti Porou - Post-European conflicts and developments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 August 2022)

Story by Tamati Muturangi Reedy, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017