The Taranaki War 1860-1861
This pathfinder relates to what is known as the “First Taranaki War” and includes resources that explain and describe the conflicts between Maori and the Crown. The battles include Te Kohia, Puketakauere, Mahoetahi, No. 3 Redoubt, Te Arei and Waireka. This is not an exhaustive list but provides some reliable and sound information specifically about the Taranaki land conflicts. Books about New Zealand history in general, will discuss Taranaki conflicts also, as these were relatively notable in New Zealand’s History.
Browne, Harriet Louisa Gore 1965, Narrative of the Waitara Purchase and the Taranaki War, (Ed. W.P. Morrell), University of Otago Press, Dunedin.
Cowan, J. 1923, The New Zealand Wars, Volume i 1845-64, Government Printing Office, Wellington, Chapters 17-24.
Finlay, Neil. 1998, “The first Taranaki war” in Sacred soil : images and stories of the New Zealand Wars, Random House, Auckland, pp. 29-44.
Lambert, Ron and Gail Henry 2000, Taranaki : an Illustrated History, Reed Publishing, Auckland.
Marjouram, R. A. 1990, Sergeant, Sinner, Saint, and Spy – The Taranaki War Diary of Sergeant William Marjouram R. A. Random Century, Auckland.
Martin, W. 1967, The Taranaki Question, Hocken Library, Dunedin.
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Missen, E.A. 1936, The Life and Times of Wiremu Kingi Te Rangitake E Whiti, M.A. Thesis, Victoria University, Wellington
Moorhead, Murray 2004, First and Strong, New Zealand’s Colonial Fighters Taranaki War 1860-61, Zenith, New Plymouth.
Prickett, Nigel 1990, Historic Taranaki: an archaeological guide, GP Books, Wellington.
Prickett, Nigel 1981, The archaeology of a military frontier: Taranaki, New Zealand, 1860-1861 Auckland University, Auckland.
Prickett, Nigel 2002, Landscapes of Conflict, A Field Guide to the New Zealand Wars, Random House, Auckland.
Ryan, T. and Parham, B. 1986, ‘ The Taranaki saga begins’ in The Colonial New Zealand Wars, Grantham House, Wellington, pp. 39-48.
Wilton, H. G. 1973, The South Island and the Taranaki War 1860 -1861 University of Otago, Dunedin.
Woods, Sarah E. 1972, Octavius Hadfield and the Waitara dispute, University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
A digitized version of “The New Zealand Wars” by Cowan from the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre Website.
From the New Zealand Wars Website, this brings together information relating to the New Zealand Wars in general.
A Taranaki War Timeline
History Online website, which contains content suitable for Secondary School history students, this link focuses on the Taranaki War of 1860-1861.
Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. A general discussion of land conflicts on New Zealand, which also discusses the Taranaki Wars.
Detailed story about Pukerangiora, chronicling the history of the Pa and it part in the First Taranaki War.
The Wikipedia reference.
Taranaki Information Files
Military Incidents Waireka
Military Incidents Mahoetahi
Military Incidents Death during the Taranaki Wars
Military Fortifications Waireka
Maori Pa-Marae Mahoetahi
Maori Pa-Marae Te Kohia
Pugsley, C. 1995-2000, Walking the Taranaki Wars, The Ministry of Defence, Wellington, photocopied articles from the New Zealand Defence Quarterly.
Prickett, Nigel, 2005, ‘Maori Casualties of the First Taranaki War, 1860-61’, Records of the Auckland Institute Museum, 42 pp 81-124.
Prickett, Nigel, 1999, ‘British Army and Colonial Fortifications in North Taranaki, 1865 – 1869.’
Prickett, Nigel, 1994, Fortifications of the First Taranaki War 1860 – 61,’ Records Auckland Institute Museum, 31 pp.1-87
Selected items from the Taranaki Herald 1859-1860
The Taranaki Herald is available on microfilm in Puke Ariki or selected copies are online at http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast
Dec 3 1859 p. 3 Original correspondence 30,000 idle acres
Dec 17 1859 p. 3 Taranaki Rifle Volunteers
Dec 24 1859 p. 4 Taranaki Rifle Volunteers
Feb 11 1860 Supplement on role of Volunteers
Mar 10 1860 p. 2 Editorial
Mar 17 1860 p. 2 Editorial
Mar 24 1860 p. 2 Journal of events since 17.3.1860
p.3 The war from our own correspondent …
Mar 31 1860 p. 2 Battle of Waireka
Journal of events since 24.3.1860
p. 3 Battle of Waireka
ARC2001-94 The first Taranaki War
Written in 1946, the speech describes the reasons for the outbreak of the 1860 Taranaki land wars, as seen through the eyes of a twelve year old (?) girl.
ARC2005-72 Plan of the ground covered by action at Waireka
Copy of a map drawn by W.E. Gordon showing the military routes and position, pa sites and redoubts that were part of the Battle of Waireka 28 March 1860.
ARC2001-101 The battle of Mahoetahi
A paper prepared and read by Mr B. A. Norman at the meeting of the New Plymouth Historical Society on Sept 10 1945.
Last edited: 8 February 2016