Story: Daily life in Māori communities – te noho a te hapori

War party, around 1820

This painting shows a war party from the Bay of Islands preparing to raid an enemy tribe in the Thames district. Their chief stands in a beached canoe, making a speech to warriors seated around him. Many are armed with muskets. The introduction of devastating European weaponry, and other innovations such as the potato, brought vast changes to traditional patterns of life. Warfare became far more destructive and widespread, forcing weaker tribes to abandon poorly defended settlements and seek shelter elsewhere. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0015-09
Lithograph by Augustus Earle

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Mark Derby, 'Daily life in Māori communities – te noho a te hapori - Changes in daily life after European arrival', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/40899/war-party-around-1820 (accessed 23 February 2020)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013