Lower Northland Peninsula
The mouth of Moremonui Gully viewed from the southern side, with battle monument at lower right
Lower Northland Peninsula

The battle of Moremonui was fought between Ngāti Whātua and Ngāpuhi, two Māori iwi (tribes), in northern New Zealand in either 1807 or 1808.

- Battle of Moremonui

Ngāpuhi attacked Ngāti Whātua in 1807 or 1808 in the battle of Moremonui north of Dargaville - probably the occasion of the first use of firearms in Māori warfare.

- Ngāti Whātua
Lower Northland Peninsula

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Hokianga Harbour

Te Roroa

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Māori iwi from the region between the Kaipara Harbour and the Hokianga Harbour in Northland, New Zealand.

Māori iwi from the region between the Kaipara Harbour and the Hokianga Harbour in Northland, New Zealand.

Hokianga Harbour
Hokianga Harbour

They are part of the Ngāti Whātua confederation of tribes.

Te Roroa, led by their chief Tāoho, and their Ngāti Whātua allies led by Murupaenga ambushed and defeated the Ngāpuhi forces in the Te Kai-a-te-karoro battle at Moremonui.

Hongi Hika, a sketch of an 1820 painting

Hongi Hika

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Hongi Hika (c.

Hongi Hika (c.

Hongi Hika, a sketch of an 1820 painting
Chiefs Hongi Hika (centre) and Waikato meet with Kendall

Hongi Hika rose to prominence as a military leader in the Ngāpuhi campaign, led by Pokaia, the uncle of Hōne Heke, against the Te Roroa hapū of Ngāti Whātua iwi in 1806–1808.

This was at the Battle of Moremonui at which the Ngāpuhi were defeated; the Ngāpuhi were overrun by the opposing Ngāti Whātua while reloading.

Kaipara Harbour

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Large enclosed harbour estuary complex on the north western side of the North Island of New Zealand.

Large enclosed harbour estuary complex on the north western side of the North Island of New Zealand.

The Kaipara is named after the eating quality (kai) of the king fern (para)
Battery field artillery training at the Kaipara weapons range using 105mm British light guns
Dargaville statue commemorating the gumdiggers of early European settlement times.
Juvenile white trevally (araara)
New Zealand cockle
Timber-laden vessel waiting for favourable breeze, Kaipara Heads, prior to 1908
Fishing boats with nets drying on the wharf, first part of 20th century
Bar-tailed godwit
Fern bird
Kaka beak leaves and flowers

The local Māori tribe is Ngāti Whātua.

1807 or 1808: Ngapuhi fight Ngāti Whātua, Te-Uri-o-Hau and Te Roroa iwi at the battle of Moremonui on the west coast of Northland, the first battle in which Maori used muskets.