18 Sep 2013

Te Wherowhero - Part 12: The Ngapuhi Account

From the collecton The Wednesday Drama

Ngapuhi, under Hongi Hika and Te Huiputea, occupy Waikato and Ngati Maniapoto territories. A stealthy morning-star attack ends the occupation. For the next few years, Te Wherowhero resides with his Maniapoto kin, and he gives their chiefs the privilege of naming his first-born son. They name him 'Tukaroto'. He later became better known as Tawhiao, the second Maori King. More warfare with Ngapuhi followed during the 1920s until peace is restored after Waikato exact their revenge with the heaviest defeat Ngapuhi ever suffered.