The changing fortunes of Kaiapohia - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Kaiapohia

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

Kaiapohia was the great pā (fortified settlement) of the Ngāi Tahu tribe, and a base from which the tribe spread out and came to dominate most of the South Island. But in a disastrous conflict with North Island tribe Ngāti Toa, most of the residents of Kaiapohia were killed and the settlement was abandoned. Today Ngāi Tahu are flourishing once again.

Related web links:
Kaiapoi pā
Kaiapoi district
Ngāi Tahu
Te Rauparaha
Te Pehi Kupe
The Ngai Tahu claim

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