Story: Waikato region

Invasion of Waikato

The invasion of Waikato in 1863–64 by British and colonial forces aimed to destroy the aspirations of the Māori King movement to autonomy and self-determination. It targeted the stronghold of the movement in the middle Waikato basin – one of the most populated and productive Māori districts in the country. Click to see the stages in the war.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato region - Pākehā impact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/27087/invasion-of-waikato (accessed 25 September 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 1 Jul 2015