Wharetaewa Pa Site

Whitianga
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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