Pāpāwai, the Māori capital - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Pāpāwai

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Pāpāwai in the Video tab.

In the late 19th century Pāpāwai marae, outside Greytown, was the focus of the Kotahitanga – the Māori parliament movement, which sought to unify Māori tribes. With 3,000 residents, Pāpāwai was known as ‘the Māori capital’.

Related web links:
Pāpāwai  marae
Pāpāwai Pā, 1897
Hamuera Tamahau Mahupuku
Ngāti Kahungunu
19th-century Māori organisations
Niniwa Heremaia



Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/ 

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