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Maori Wars of the Nineteenth Century:

Marsden Visits Katikati

Marsden Visits Katikati.

In the middle of June, 1820, Marsden went up the Thames, where he found living in a pa named Te Puaraki,* Te Puhi and his brother Turata. This pa was about four miles up the Ohinemuri river, and consequently must have been near Mackaytown. Te Puhi was in great anxiety on account of Te Haupa’s tribe, living on the west side of the Thames, which had lately made war on him and killed, amongst others, his brother. Te Haupa’s people, the Ngati-Paoa, were at that time in alliance with Nga-Puhi, i.e., with Korokoro’s tribe, and Te Puhi stated that their arms were too much for him. We shall see that Te Puhi’s fears were realised the following year, when Te Totara pa fell. During this journey Marsden went as far as Katikati (he wrongly supposed, however, that this was Mercury Bay), and as he and Te Morenga sat on a hill overlooking the page 156 Bay of Plenty, Tauranga and the surrounding districts, the latter told Marsden the particulars of his late expedition to Tauranga, which left the Bay in January, 1820, and returned there on the 2nd March, 1820. The following is translated from Dumont D’Urville’s account, as I have not access to the original in the “Missionary Register.”

* Tapuariki probably, which is the name of a strong pa still to be seen in the locality.

At Katikati Marsden learnt that Te Waru and Aneenee (?Nini) were absent on a war expedition to the south.