31 Jul 2013

Te Wherowhero - Part 5: Prelude to War

From the collecton The Wednesday Drama

Te Rauparaha was by now well known as one of the most audacious fighting chiefs among the Tainui peoples. Twice, Ngati Toa had been forced to settle for peace with Te Rauparaha at their stronghold of Totara Pa. However the peace ended when Te Rauparaha attacked Ngati Pou of Waikato and the Raukawa-Maniapoto chief Tukorehu in his pa at Mangatoatoa. In response to these provocations, Te Wherowhero made plans to clear Ngati Toa out of Kawhia Harbour.