Story: Te Arawa

Mokoia Island from Ōhinemutu

Mokoia Island from Ōhinemutu

This watercolour shows the fortifications of Ōhinemutu , with Mokoia Island dominating the lake outlook. The billowing clouds of steam are from geothermal mud pools. Today this area is downtown Rotorua. In 1836 Te Waharoa attempted to avenge Te Arawa’s annihilation of Ngāi Te Rangi (descendants of Rangihouhiri) at Te Tūmū by attacking Ōhinemutu, but was unsuccessful.

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Reference: I.002374
Watercolour by John Guise Mitford

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Paul Tapsell, 'Te Arawa - Warfare and marriages', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Paul Tapsell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017