Trouble at Tuamarina - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Tuamarina

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

Today a sleepy settlement between Picton and Blenheim, Tuamarina was the site of bloody conflict in June 1843. The New Zealand Company believed they had bought the Wairau plains – but Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha considered that the area had not been purchased. He evicted surveyors from the Wairau, and when a party of settlers arrived to arrest him, conflict broke out.

Related web links:
Lower Wairau
Wairau affray
Wairau incident
Wairau incident memorial
Ngāti Toarangatira
Te Rauparaha
Te Rangihaeata

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

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