11 Sep 2013

Te Wherowhero - Part 11: Hongi Hika and Matakitaki

From the collecton The Wednesday Drama

Men, women and children from the Waikato tribes flee up the river as Hongi Hika leads Ngapuhi on the warpath against them. Armed with te pu, the gun, the new weapon of the European, the Ngapuhi advance forces a retreat into the Waikato stronghold of Matakitaki pa. Despite the capture of 90 guns, panic amongst the people leads to a stampede and the deaths of hundreds. Ngapuhi become masters of the Waikato and Waipa Rivers.