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Battle of Waitaramea
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dunbar Loop
S 45° 39.428 E 168° 26.119
59G E 300189 N 4940847
Quick Description: In the vicinity of this plaque a battle took place about 1725 between two Maori tribes -- the Ngai Tahu and the Ngati Mamoe.
Location: South Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 3/1/2010 3:00:41 PM
Waymark Code: WM8AKG
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 7

Long Description:
From Lore and History of the South Island Maori:

Kaweriri, a son of Turakautahi the founder of Kaiapohia Pa in Canterbury, set out with a large force of the Ngai Tahu Tribe to destroy the Ngati Mamoe of Otago and Southland. The force travelled via the Mackenzie Plains to Lake Wanaka, then over the Crown Range, Nevis and Nukumai (now corrupted to Nokomai), to the Waimea Plains, where there was an eeling party of the Ngati Mamoe. An escapee, however, managed to get to Otaupiri and warn the chief Tutemakohu. The latter chief then had insufficient forces to give battle, so he resolved to join up with his comrade Marakai at Lake Wakatipu. Moving off in that direction with his party of men, women and children, he was overtaken, and forced to stand with his small force and fight at Waitaramea (Oswald Stream). Tutemakohu slew the leader of the Ngai Tahu, Kaweriri, and his warriors accounted for the lieutenants, Waimatuku being the first to fall. An on-coming fog permitted the Ngati Mamoe to break off the fight and move on to Wakatipu. Disconcerted at the turn of events and the loss of Kaweriri and his lieutenants, the Ngai Tahu returned disconsolate to Canterbury.

Name of Battle:
Battle of Waitaramea

Name of War: The Ngai Tahu had been waging a series of battles to gain control over the Ngati Mamoe lasting several centuries

Date(s) of Battle (Beginning): 1/1/1725

Entrance Fee: Not Listed

Parking: Not Listed

Date of Battle (End): Not listed

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