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Te Puoho’s Last Raid: The March from Golden Bay to Southland in 1836 and Defeat at Tuturau—Atholl Anderson (1986)

This is an important Ngāi Tahu tribal history and early work from Atholl Anderson documenting Te Rauparaha and Te Puoho’s journey south to capture Kaiapoi in North Canterbury and through to Central Otago and Tuturau.

Publication details

Anderson, A. Te Puoho’s Last Raid: The March from Golden Bay to Southland in 1836 and Defeat at Tuturau. Dunedin: Otago Heritage Books, 1986.

About the book

Ngāi Tahu scholar Atholl Anderson provides a historical account of the battle of Tuturau that came after an epic journey south by Ngāti Tama chief, Te Pūoho and his people in the 1830s. Te Puoho had led his Ngāti Tama people south from Taranaki at the same time as Te Rauparaha and Ngāti Toa. After accompanying Te Rauparaha on his journey to capture Kaiapohia, a large Ngāi Tahu settlement in north Canterbury, Te Pūoho developed his own ambitions for conquest and set off with a taua (war party) to the far south in the hope of skinning the Ngāi Tahu ‘eel from tail to head’. After an epic journey down the West Coast, over the Haast Pass, and through Central Otago, Te Pūoho captured the few inhabitants of the Ngāi Tahu settlement at Tuturau in December 1836. His victory was short-lived. Three days later Te Pūoho was woken at dawn by the sound of men on the roof. When he came out to investigate he was shot dead by two Ngāi Tahu warriors. Tūhawaiki, the Ngāi Tahu chief, entered the kāinga unopposed.

Further information 

  • Out of print.


This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.