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Moutoa Island


Moutoa Island, in the Whanganui River.

In the early 1860s upriver Māori adopted the Pai Mārire (Hauhau) faith. In May 1864 Mātene Te Rangitauira of Taumarunui led an upriver party to attack Whanganui township. The Pūtiki chiefs Hōri Kīngi Te Ānaua and Hoani Wiremu Hīpango refused their cousins passage and inflicted a heavy defeat on them at Moutoa, a small island in the Whanganui River between Hiruharāma (Jerusalem) and Rānana (London).


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