Maori Storyboard

Maori Storyboard

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  • 1350 - First Maori Settlement
  • Tribe Terriotory
  • 1600-1750 Farming
  • Auckland was first settled by Maori people around 1350. Auckland was a great location with two harbours and with fertile soils for farming. The Māori constructed terraced pa on the volcanic peaks.
  • Wealth from Farming
  •  The Nga Tai tribe, descended the Tainui canoe, settled in Maraetai. Other Tainui descendants were Te Kawerau-a-Maki. The Ngati Te Ata tribe was based south of the Manukau at Waiuku. 
  • 1740-1750 The Migration
  • From 1600 to 1750 the Tamaki tribes terraced the volcanic cones, building pā. Across the isthmus they developed 2,000 hectares of kumara gardens.
  • 1821 The Ngapuhi Invasion
  • Due to the growth a large kumara farm, it was pre-European New Zealand’s most wealthy and populous area.
  • Between 1740 and 1750, Ngati Whatua-o-Kaipara moved south, invading the isthmus and killing Kiwi Tamaki, paramount chief of Wai-o-Hua.
  • Ngāpuhi leader Hongi Hika attacked two Ngāti Pāoa pa: Mauinaina and Mokoia. Killing hundreds and enslaving hundreds more. Hika repeated the slaughter at Te Totara, the Ngati Maru fortress near Thames.
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