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History and traditions of the Maoris of the West Coast, North Island of New Zealand, prior to 1840

The Siege of Kaiapoiiia. — 1831

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The Siege of Kaiapoiiia.

The celebrated siego of Kaiapohia (misnamed by Europeans, Kaiapoi) occurred in 1831, a little previous to that of Otaka. As a full description has been published by the Rev. J. W. Stack, it is not necessary to repeat it here, although a large number of the tribes we are dealing with wore engaged there assisting Te Rau-paraha. The Ati-Awa contingents were under the following chiefs:—Te Puoho (of Ngati-Tama), Huri-whenua (of Ngati-Rahiri), Rere-tawhangawhanga (of Manu-korihi), Te Manu-tohe-roa (of Puke-tapu), Ngatata (father of Pomare, who later lived at the Chatham Islands), Te Poki, Te Arahu, Te Awe, Takaratai, Te Hau-te-horo, Te Tupe-o-Tu, Manu-kino, Kāpūia-whariki, Wharepa, Mohi-Ngawaina, Riwai-taupata, Raharuhi To Taniwha (of Ngati-Tama), Te Waka-tiwha (brother of Pomaro). Many of these were back again at Nga-Motu to take part in the defence of Miko-tahi, but not of Puke-rangiora or Otaka.

Mr. Skinner furnishes the following note on Puke-ariki (Mount Eliot, Now Plymouth), the inhabitants of which took part in the defence of Otaka:—