Sunday, 10 February 2019

Historical Kororipo Pa


Near Kerikeri's Stone Store is this historic gem - the Kororipo pa site was once occupied by some of the Hongi Hika and Rewa's people (Ngapuhi) in the 1820s. This was once a stockaded fortress and used as a port to collect shellfish, seafood and a place to store  their canoes.


This area was previously occupied by another tribe called Ngati Miru until they were attacked by the Ngapuhi.


Kororipo - meaning Waha-o-teriri (mouth of war) is now under the protection of NZ's Department of Conservation and it is a popular tourist spot.


Hongi Hika and his people left Kerikeri for Whangaroa at the end of 1826 and after being hurt in battle in 1827 died in 1828. In 1830 Rewa and his people left Kerikeri to live at Russell then Kororipo became deserted. Rewa sold 7 acres to James Kemp in 1831 to become part of his farm and mission station and in 1838 the remaining 6 acres were also sold to James Kemp by Hongi's sons Hongi and and Puru. This 6 acres was gifted to the nation by E.S. Little in the 1950s.

11 comments:

Trekkie4Ever said...

You are so talented!

Susan Heather said...

There has been a lot of work done there. It looks good.

NatureFootstep said...

seem to have been quite a nice village.

local alien said...

I always love seeing your photos and reading the history

Billy Blue Eyes said...

Reminds me of our Hill Forts and Mott and Bailey castles that litter our countryside, There are a couple of good exsamples near where I live

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gosh the original fortress was an amazing sight Amy reminded me of the African kraals from probably about the same time period ✨

Bill said...

What an interesting history of this beautiful place.

Graham Edwards said...

So many Pa sites are similar by their very nature and so often there are just a few remains or reconstructions. My first question to myself when I see so many things on New Zealand blogs is "Have I been there?" After looking this one up I suddenly realised that all that matters is the information that is in front of me.

William Kendall said...

Fascinating!

Sharon said...

It looks like a very pretty place.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It makes me glad when history of our first people is preserved and open to the public. Such a good (and easy) way to learn and so important to keep alive ....(in our country too ).

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