New Zealand's 19th-century wars

Page 6 – Timeline

Timeline showing key events related to New Zealand's 19th-century wars.

  • About 1807: First use of muskets in battle in New Zealand, by Ngā Puhi
  • 1809: Crew of Boyd killed by Ngāti Uru at Whangaroa
  • 1818–25: Ngā Puhi raids across North Island
  • 1821–6: Ngāti Toa and other iwi migrate from Waikato to Wellington area
  • 1829–37: Ngāti Toa and allies fight Ngāi Tahu in South Island
  • 1835: Ngāti Mutunga and Ngāti Tama invade Chatham Islands
  • 1840: Treaty of Waitangi; first large-scale British settlement
  • 1843: Twenty-six die (mostly Pākehā) as land dispute between Ngāti Toa and Nelson settlers turns violent at Wairau
  • 1845–6: Inconclusive Northern War between some Ngā Puhi and government
  • 1846: Fighting near Wellington as Ngāti Toa resist expansion of settlement
  • 1847: Fighting around Whanganui as up-river tribes attack settlement
  • 1858: Coronation of Māori King symbolises opposition to further land sales
  • 1860–1: First Taranaki War ends in stalemate between government and local iwi
  • 1863–4: Waikato War – Kīngites expelled from lower/mid-Waikato and Tauranga
  • 1863: Suppression of Rebellion Act enables confiscation of land of 'rebel' Māori
  • 1864–8: Many small conflicts, most between Pa Mārire followers and other Māori
  • 1865, 1866: Campaigns in south Taranaki by imperial troops achieve little
  • 1868–9: Titokowaru's War threatens settler control of Whanganui area
  • 1868–72: Te Kooti raids central North Island and is, in turn, pursued by kupapa
  • 1881: Māori autonomy in south Taranaki ends with occupation of Parihaka
  • 1884: Survey of King Country; Pākehā no longer excluded
  • 1890s: Urewera Māori resist land surveys
  • 1898: Hokianga Māori assert rights in Dog Tax Rebellion
  • 1916: Arrest of Rua Kēnana at Maungapōhatu ends Māori autonomy in Urewera
How to cite this page

'Timeline', URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/new-zealands-19th-century-wars/nzwars-timeline, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 20-Jun-2014