17 March 2010

17 March 2010 – 150 years ago, war erupted in Taranaki. It raged across Taranaki for 21 years, and its legacy lives on today.

The first shots were fired at Te Kohia Pa near Waitara 17 March 1860.

It was the events at Waitara that the following saying was coined and remains with Taranaki whanui today - " Ko Waitara, Ko Waitara, Ko te ra tenei I mate ai tewhenua, I mate ai te Tangata - Waitara, Waitara, the day, the land and the people were destroyed".