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Important Judgments: Delivered in the Compensation Court and Native Land Court. 1866–1879.

Conquest of Waiohua By Te Taou

Conquest of Waiohua By Te Taou.

At length, the Kaipara tribes took steps to avenge the slaughter of their friends, and about 1741 an army of Te Taou, under Wahaakiaki and other chiefs, descended from Kaipara to Manukau, crossed the Heads in the night time in canoes made of rushes, and stormed Tarataua, a pa of Te Waiohua or Ngaiwi, to the south of Awhitu, and slaughtered the people in it. The taua then returned and attacked Pukehorokatoa, a pa to the north of Awhitu, but met with a repulse, and re-crossed Manukau Heads. Kiwi assembled all his people from One-tree Hill, Mangere, Ihumatao, Moerangi, and other pas, and a great battle ensued at Poruroa (Big Muddy Creek). The Waiohua were defeated with immense slaughter, 30 being destroyed in one canoe, and Kiwi was killed. One-tree Hill and all the pas in the neighbourhood were deserted by the vanquished, and taken possession of by Te Taou. The remnants of the Waiohua assembled in their pa at Mangere and made a final stand, spreading shells on the paths approaching to the pa, so that the sound of their being crushed might give the alarm in case of a night attack. Te Taou advanced under Tuperiri. another of their chiefs (Apihai's paternal grandfather), spread their dogskin mats over the shells, assaulted the pa, and took it by surprise. The whole of the people inside were killed or finally dispersed, except some women and a few men, who were spared, amongst whom was Paerimu's grandfather.