24 Jul 2013

Te Wherowhero - Part 4. Enter Te Rauparaha

From the collecton The Wednesday Drama

Skirmishes between Ngati Toa and the Waikato tribes increase and several truces are called. Te Wherowhero and the great Ngati Toa chief, Te Rauparaha are blooded as leaders in the series of reprisals and counter-reprisals. Te Rauparaha's trespass on Ngati Maniapoto fishing grounds at Kawhia leads to their alliance with the Waikato tribes against Ngati Toa. Te Rauparaha sets off visiting his relations in search of allies. His famous haka, 'Ka Mate, Ka Mate' is composed on the shores of Lake Rotoaira.

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