1820s iwi movements map

This map shows the major iwi movements of the 1820s caused by the intertribal conflicts known as the Musket Wars. This fighting often drove tribes out of their traditional areas and into exile with extended family.

The near neighbours of Ngāpuhi bore the brunt of their assaults. Ngāti Whātua sought refuge in Waikato, and Marutūahu in the upper Waihou valley, south of the Firth of Thames. Areas such as Tāmaki (Auckland) and the lower Waihou valley were temporarily depopulated.


Plate from New Zealand 1815–1870: the making of a colony, Students’ Bateman Historical Atlas, David Bateman Ltd, Auckland, 2000

Permission of David Bateman Ltd must be obtained before any reuse of this material.

How to cite this page: '1820s iwi movements map', URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/1820s-iwi-movements-map, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 23-Jun-2014

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