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Taranaki Wars


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A major part of the Anglo‐Maori Wars in New Zealand. In 1859, Governor Browne accepted an offer of land on the Waitara River from Teira (a Maori right‐holder), despite the veto of the senior chief, Wiremu Kingi. When the survey was resisted, Browne sent troops to Waitara. Many Maori supported Kingi, believing the purchase to be a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi. Fighting was inconclusive in 1860–61 and, after a two‐year truce, resumed in 1863. Maori resistance on the coast was overcome and much land confiscated. Maori resistance in the interior, increasingly led by the Pai Marire, continued through the 1860s.

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