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Pāpāwai, Māori Capital - Roadside Stories

Pāpāwai, Māori Capital - Roadside Stories


Pah Rd, Papawai, Greytown

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Pāpāwai, near Greytown. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

In the late 19th century Pāpāwai marae, outside Greytown, was the focus of the Kotahitanga -- the Māori parliament movement, which sought to unify Māori tribes. With 3,000 residents, Pāpāwai was known as 'the Māori capital'.

Pāpāwai marae,

Pāpāwai Pā, 1897,

Hamuera Tamahau Mahupuku,

Ngāti Kahungunu,

19th-century Māori organisations,

Niniwa Heremaia,

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

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