Story: Treaty of Waitangi

Wairau affray, 1843

This audio guide relates the story of the 1843 land dispute at Wairau, near Blenheim, which resulted in almost 30 deaths. This tragic incident was triggered by questionable land dealings by agents of the New Zealand Company. It led both Māori and non-Māori to doubt whether the undertakings given in the Treaty of Waitangi would be upheld.

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How to cite this page:

Claudia Orange, 'Treaty of Waitangi - The first decades after the treaty – 1840 to 1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/36353/wairau-affray-1843 (accessed 19 February 2020)

Story by Claudia Orange, published 20 Jun 2012