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Te Rauparaha

eBook - Te Rauparaha

Ko tētahi ingoa anō mō Te Rauparaha ko te Naporiana o te Tonga. Ko tēnei rangatira nō Ngāti Toa i ārahi i ngā iwi i Te Upoko o te Ika tata ki te 20 tau.

Known as the ‘Napoleon of the South’, this formidable Ngāti Toa leader ruled the lower part of the North Island from his base on Kapiti Island for the best part of 20 years.

Published on: 28 Jun 2013



  • Mobi: ISBN 978-0-478-39829-8

Further Information

This biography of Te Rauparaha from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography is available in te reo Māori and English. See also a shorter biography on NZHistory.

Read about the Ngāti Toarangatira (Ngāti Toa) iwi on Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Read about Te Rauparaha's involvement in the musket wars (1810s–1840s) on Te Ara and NZHistory.

In June 1843 Te Rauparaha's Ngāti Toa tribe clashed with European settlers over land in the Wairau valley at Tuamarina. Read about the Wairau incident on NZHistory.

Te Rauparaha was arrested in 1846 following a series of skirmishes between local Māori and government over the purchase of land in the Wellington area. Read about the War in Wellington on NZHistory.


Updated on 23rd July 2015