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.