Author(s): S. Percy Smith
Stephenson Percy Smith (1840-1922) arrived in New Zealand as a boy, and in early 1858 travelled six hundred miles exploring the volcanic interior of North Island, including Taupo, Lake Tarawera and the Tongariro-Ruapehu area, returning via Rangitikei and Wanganui. He also witnessed the unrest caused by the rapid European encroachment on Maori lands. After retiring in 1900 from his career as a government surveyor, Smith devoted himself to the study of the Maori and co-founded the Polynesian Society, in whose journal this study originally appeared between 1899 and 1901. Reissued here in its enlarged second edition of 1910, it deals with the inter-tribal 'Musket Wars' of the early nineteenth century, when different Maori communities competed for territory shortly before European settlement began in earnest. Although Smith's interpretations do not meet modern scholarly standards, his pioneering work still provides fascinating insights into nineteenth-century Maori traditions and their colonial reception.
Preface; The wars of the border-land, Nga-Puhi and others, 1795; Battle of Moremo-nui, Nga-Puha v. Ngati-Whatua, 1807; Further wars on the Border-land, 1808-13; The Great Epidemic, 1810; Early northern expedition to the south, 1810; Muru-paenga's first expedition to Taranaki, 1810; Tau-kawau's first expedition to Taranaki, 1816; Marsden's first visit to Bay of Islands, 1814; Te Morenga and Hongi visit the East Cape, 1818; Tu-whare and Te Rauparaha's expedition to Port Nicholson, 1819-20; Death of Tu-whare, 1820; The Wai-te-mata and Thames, 1820; War at Te Roto-a-Tara, 1819; Death of Nahu, fights at Te Aratipi, etc., 1820; Marsden's visit to Hauraki and Kaipara, 1820; Tareha's expedition to Kaipara, 1820; Cruise's visit to Waitemata and Hauraki, 1820; Te Morenga's visit to the Thames, 1820; Te Morenga's visit to the Tauranga, 1820; Marsden visits Katikati, 1820; Koriwhai's death, 1820; Titore and Te Wera's expedition to East Cape, and fall of Te Whetu-mata-rau, 1820-1; Waipaoa, 1820-1; Te Morenga's visit to Tamaki, death of Koperu, 1820-1; Fall of Mauinaina to Hongi, Nov. 1821; Fall of Te Totara pa to Hongi, Dec. 1821; Pomare's raid on Tuhua, 1822; Death of Te Pae-o-te-rangi at Rotorua, 1822; 'Te Amio-whenua' expedition, 1821-2; Battle of Te Motu-nui, Taranaki, Nov. 1821; Fall of Matakitaki to Hongi, May 1822; Pomare's first visit to the Urewera country, 1822; Te Roto-a-Tara (Kaupapa), 1822; Fall of Mokoia, Rotorua, to Hongi, 1823; Pomare and Te Wera-Hamaki's expedition to the south, 1823; Pomare's peace with Ngati-Porou, 1823; Te Wera settles at Te Mahia Peninsula, 1823; Te Wera's doings at Heretaunga, 1824; Te Pakake, 1824; Peace between Nga-Puhi and Waikato, 1824; The 'Coquille' at the Bay of Islands, 1824; Troubles at Whangarei, 1824; Death of Te Toroa and Ragni-wai-tatao, at Wairoa, 1824; Te Mau-tara-nui visits the Bay of Islands, 1824; The fall of Titirangi, Puke-karoro, etc., pas, Hawke's Bay, 1824; Moumou-kai, Wai-kotero, Puke-karoro, 1824; Battle of Te Ika-a-ranga-nui, Kaipara, Feb. 1825; Death of Te Mau-tara-nui, 1826; Fall of Pohatu-roa, Hawke's Bay, 1826; Fall of Waihau, 1826; Fall of Noho-awatea, Waikato, 1825; Pomare's death, 1826; Death of Muru-paenga, 1826; The Wai-te-mata in 1827 (D'Urville's account), 1827; Rangi-tuke's expedition, 1827; Tawa-tawhiti fight, 1827; Rangi-tukia's expedition, 1828; Hongi Hika, his death, 1828; Taking of the 'Hawes', 1829; The death of Ngarara, 1829; The Girls' War, 1830; Ahuahu and Motiti (Te Haramiti's expedition), 1831; Pukerangi's expedition to Waikato, 1832; Titore's first expedition to Tauranga, 1831-2; Matamata, 1932; Titore's second expedition to Tauranga, 1832-3; Puckey's visit to Te Reinga, 1834; Toka-a-kuku, 1836; Expedition to Great Barrier, 1838; The coming of the white man, 1840; Index.