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Maori Wars of the Nineteenth Century:

Te Aratipi and Maunga-wharau, 1820?

Te Aratipi and Maunga-wharau, 1820?

“The whole of the taua now proceeded to Maunga-wharau, and at Te Aratipi attacked page 297 that pa, and probably on account of their grief for the chiefs who had been killed, they were very brave and thus defeated the people of the place. Great numbers of the braves and chiefs of Ngati-Kahu-ngunu fell there, and then the taua waited to eat the “fish of Tu.”* After this they returned by way of Rua-hine mountains. But some of those at Maunga-wharau escaped and joined the others at Te Roto-a-Tara, where every one set to work to strengthen their pa, the timbers for which they brought from the forest at Te Aute.

* It was here that the Taupo people secured the celebrated meres named Pahi-kaure and Kai-arero, the former of which is still in the possession of Te Heuheu-Tureiti of Taupo. They knew well these meres were there, and made every effort to secure them, which they did.