Wharetaewa Pa Site

Whitianga, Waikato
James Cook and Joseph Banks observed and described the earthwork fortifications of this pa site when they called in Mercury Bay in 1769 to observe a transit of Mercury. Fortifications were designed to prevent the attackers being able to engage in hand-to-hand fighting but make them susceptible to spear thrusts or projectiles such as stones or darts. The pa is on Ngati Hei ancestral land.


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