17 Jul 2013

Te Wherowhero - Part 3. The Lost Stones of Ahurei

From the collecton The Wednesday Drama

The papa tatau, sacred stone talismans brought to Aotearoa from Hawaiki in the Tainui canoe, disappeared after the battle of Hingakaka. In the early 1800's several Tainui war expeditions were sent out in search of them. A murder associated with the search for the stones led, in time, to a generalised conflict between the Waikato tribes and Ngati Toa.

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