Titokowaru's Tauranga-ika -pa

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Tītokowaru’s Taurangaika was a masterpiece of modern pā construction. Click on thumbnails to see an enlarged version of the main image, a cross-section of the pā and a detail of the entrenchments.

Its four concave sides were each ‘topped by a strongpoint’ and a ‘labyrinth of trenches and bomb-proof shelters’ provided both protection and the ability to move men quickly around the pā.

Seeking to explain why Tītokowaru abandoned this formidable pā, Whitmore concluded that ‘it is difficult to imagine any reason, except fear'. This explanation seems highly unlikely. Whitmore himself conceded that ‘no troops in the world could have hewn their way through … [had it been] defended by excellent shots and desperate men’. The most likely reason for its abandonment was Tītokowaru’s alleged sexual encounter with the wife of one of his chiefs. This undermined his mana to such an extent that most of his followers refused to go into battle with him, prompting the decision to abandon the pā during the night.

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Theresa Katene-Nuku

Posted: 08 Mar 2016

My name is Theresa Katene-Nuku daughter of Turei Hapeta Nuku my father is the eldest son of Hapeta Te Rangihurinuku my father passed away 1962 before my Koro Hapeta died in 1965 my Nan his first wife my dads mum Miriama Katene im searching for more information please

Edson Nuku

Posted: 21 Jul 2008

My name is Edson Tiopera Tiori Te rangihurinuku, My fathers name is Hapeta Te Rangihurinuku, born 1897, passed 1965. my fathers father is Rapana Te Rangihurinuku half brother to Riwhai Titokowaru.