The Web of the Spider
The Maniapotos, or Ngatimaniapotos, are the most important of the tribes into which the Maoris are divided, and together with the Waikatos amd the Ngatihaua, occupy what is known as the Waikato country in the North Island of New Zealand, and the mountain fastnesses below it. It was against these tribes that the Waikato campaign in 1863 was directed. The war, which had been long threatening, may be said to have formally begun upon the crossing of the Maungatawhiri Creek by General Cameron on July 4th; it practically closed with the evacuation of Maungatawhiri on April 5th 1864, though the struggle lingered in Tauranga for some time longer. From about this time, however, dates the rise of the Hauhau fanaticism in Taranaki, which was the cause of a vexatious guerilla warfare prolonged through several years. The Ngatiawas, the leading tribe on the west coast, were instrumental in raising this new revolt, and were afterwards joined by the more active and malcontent of the crushed Maniapotos and Waikatos.
The Arawas, a tribe occupying a central part of the island to the south of Waikato, were from the first faithful to the Government, and rendered considerable service at one time by preventing the hostile Ngatiporo and Uriwera from passing through to the assistance of the northern rebels.