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The Wairau Massacre, card covered book of 135 pages and printed in 1999, the book is in very nice condition and signed by the author Jack Andrews with a small note to the previous owner on the first page in. (in my pics lettering looks blurry due to poor light condions, sorry). The author grew up around the area where the affray took place and had a massive amount of information collected about the subject but lost a large part of it in the major Wairau flood of 1983. With encouragement he finished the book in 1999 and sadly he passed away in 2000.

On the 17th June 1843 four Maori and 22 Pakeha were killed at Tuamarina ( 10km north of Blenheim) when an armed party of NZ Company settlers clashed with Ngati Toa over the purchase of land in the Wairau valley. This major clash between Maori and British settlers was the first of its kind to happen in NZ after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Because 9 of the armed party had been executed after surrendering, the settlers demanded action against Ngati Toa, but the Governor of the time Governor FitzRoy decided that the Maori had been prevoked. This didn’t go down well with the local settlers but the alternative would have been unrest between Ngati Toa and the local settlers or all out war.
CONTENTS: the Wakefields, Blenkinsop, Main Protagonists, End of the beginning, Beginning of the end, The encounter, The massacre, The immediate aftermath, Names of the involved, Te Rongo, The hill and relics, Questions, Postscript snippets, Bibliography: Barnicoat’s account, Nelson Examiner reports, Ironside account, Rore’s account, Ironside letter, Blenkinsop deed and Biographical sketches.

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  • Seller location: Blenheim, Marlborough, NZ

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