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The Northern Musket Raids

The nature and impact of Northern incursions during the 1820’s and 1830’s caused major upheaval in Taranaki and had a profound effect on nga uri o Taranaki iwi with women, men and children being killed or herded away like animals. Despite the effects of the loss during these times, some of the most inspiring acts of leadership also emerged, none more than the famed Wiremu Kingi Matakatea, Ngatairakaunui, Oaoiti and others, who distinguished themselves by repulsing relentless Waikato attacks at Te Namu and Orangituapeka, effecting a lasting peace between the two iwi with Potatau Te Wherowhero, Te Wahanui and other Waikato rangatira.