Native Affairs - Te Tarata

By Maiki Sherman
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Over the weekend tribes from across the country gathered in Ōpotiki to mark the 150th commemoration of the battle at Te Tarata pā. 

The battle saw the confiscation of 144,000 acres of Te Whakatōhea land, with many killed in the crossfire.

The battle is said to be one of the few assaults by cavalry charge and was sparked by an allegation of murder which turned out to be false. Maiki Sherman was at the commemorations, here's her story