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Tamati Waka Nene

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Tāmati Wāka Nene


1780 (year uncertain) – 4 Aug 1871


Tāmati Wāka Nene
Renowned Ngāpuhi chief, Tāmati Wāka Nene, was an early friend of Pākehā. He was one of its most influential supporters in the debate at Waitangi over the Treaty and he was among the first to sign.

Events In History

11 March 1845

After hundreds of Ngāpuhi fighters led by Kawiti and Hōne Heke attacked Kororāreka (Russell), most of its inhabitants were evacuated by sea. The flagstaff on nearby Maiki Hill was cut down for the fourth and last time.


The Northern War

The Northern War, fought in the Bay of Islands in 1845-46, was the first serious challenge to the Crown in the years after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Its opening shots marked the beginning of the wider North Island conflicts that are often referred to as the New Zealand Wars. Read the full article

Page 3 - The sacking of Kororāreka

The sacking of Kororāreka (Russell) shook the settler population. About £50,000 worth of property was destroyed, and there was panic in Auckland. Some settlers sold their land for

Page 4 - Puketutu and Te Ahuahu

Māori learnt an important lesson at Puketutu: the British were a formidable foe in open battle. This would influence Māori tactics in future

Page 6 - The quest for peace

George Grey became governor in November 1845. When talks with the 'rebels' broke down in early December, Grey ordered Despard to move against Kawiti's new pa,

Page 7 - Ruapekapeka

Ruapekapeka may have been a tactical victory for the British, but many consider the outcome a draw. Heke and Kawiti had escaped with their forces largely intact, and the terms of

Page 8 - Peace breaks out

Historian James Belich contends that Grey won the propaganda war and Kawiti and Heke won the real war. Others argue that Belich's revisionism goes too far and maintain that Grey's

Modern reconstruction of the Treaty signing - painting.

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