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Lo­cal his­tory li­brar­ian Ruth Bar­rett has alerted us to in­ac­cu­ra­cies in the De­cem­ber 4 en­try of That Was Then, which fea­tured a paint­ing of a pa.

It was de­scribed as be­ing a view of Taupo Pa at Plim­mer­ton, Te Rau­paraha’s prin­ci­pal pa and site of his cap­ture.

Un­for­tu­nately this rep­re­sents a com­mon con­fu­sion about the two pa in Plim­mer­ton, said Ms Bar­rett.

By the early 1830s Te Rau­paraha had es­tab­lished him­self at Taupo Vil­lage, along the main beach front in­clud­ing the site of the present Plim­mer­ton Rail­way Sta­tion. The vil­lage was the main kainga for Ngati Toa and where Te Rau­paraha was cap­tured in June 1846.

It had been aban­doned by 1850 as Taka­puwahia be­came the main kainga for Ngati Toa.

Ms Bar­rett said the paint­ing pub­lished de­picted Turi Karewa or Taupo Pa, fur­ther north of Taupo Vil­lage, on the point where the Plim­mer­ton Fire Sta­tion is now.

The pa was es­tab­lished by Te Rangi­haeata, Rawiri Puaha, Te Hiko and Ho­hepa Ta­mai­hen­gia in 1843 or 1844 af­ter the Wairau Af­fair.

Te Rangi­haeata oc­cu­pied the pa un­til early 1846 but the ar­rival of troop ships made any pa on the sea coast vul­ner­a­ble to at­tack so he aban­doned it and even­tu­ally es­tab­lished him­self at Matai-taua Pa at Pau­ata­hanui, built in 1846.

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