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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the Wairau Affray. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Today a sleepy settlement between Picton and Blenheim, Tuamarina was the site of bloody conflict in June 1843. The New Zealand Company believed they had bought the Wairau plains -- but Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha considered that the area had not been purchased. He evicted surveyors from the Wairau, and when a party of settlers arrived to arrest him, conflict broke out.

Lower Wairau,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/marlborough-places/6

Wairau affray,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/marlborough-region/5/5

Ngāti Toarangatira,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/ngati-toarangatira

Te Rauparaha,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1t74

Te Rangihaeata,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1t63/1

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/

Map showing Trouble at Tuamarina - Roadside Stories