Story: Te Āti Awa of Wellington

Motunui

Motunui

Motunui in Taranaki was the site of an epic battle between Te Āti Awa and Waikato tribes in 1822. Although Te Āti Awa won, their victory ensured that the defeated enemy would return for revenge. Te Āti Awa therefore took the opportunity to migrate south with other tribes seeking refuge from the aggressive Waikato tribes.

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Morris Love, 'Te Āti Awa of Wellington - Migrations of the 1820s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1286/motunui (accessed 5 June 2020)

Story by Morris Love, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017