Story: Te Arawa

Maketū, Bay of Plenty

Maketū, Bay of Plenty

Maketū was the place where the Te Arawa canoe landed. It became one of the main Te Arawa tribal settlements, and there is evidence of widespread cultivation in the surrounding hills. Around 1830 the European trader Phillip Tapsell arrived at Maketū, and before long a lucrative trade in dressed flax developed. Te Arawa people wanted to exchange the flax for muskets, to protect themselves from other tribes who had already acquired arms.

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Paul Tapsell, 'Te Arawa - European impact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2021)

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