Story: Te Tau Ihu tribes

Scene of the Wairau massacre

Scene of the Wairau massacre

Charles Emilius Gold’s painting was completed almost eight years after the battle at Wairau. This occurred when Nelson settlers, hungry for land, began to survey the Wairau valley. Te Rauparaha objected that the lands had never been purchased, and on 17 June 1843 there was a brief fight in which 22 Europeans, including Arthur Wakefield, and at least four Māori were killed.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-103-030
Watercolour by Charles Emilius Gold

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Hilary Mitchell and John Mitchell, 'Te Tau Ihu tribes - Land loss', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/3755/scene-of-the-wairau-massacre (accessed 8 April 2020)

Story by Hilary Mitchell and John Mitchell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017