Author completes another research trip

The author recently completed another research trip to a number of sites relating to his upcoming historical novel 'Moka, Muskets & Mayhem!'

He visited a number of former battle sites, from Te Tai Tokerau (Northland), Kaiwaka, Matakitaki Pa(Pirongia), Opotiki, Ruatoki and Rotorua.

He also attended the Waitangi Tribunal Hearings at Waimamaku, as part of his research into the He Whakaputanga... and Te Tiriti.

The author also sought guidance and approval for his novel, from Te Patukeha kaumatua, Moka Puru, and has been given his blessings to continue the project - Mr Kerehona is very much humbled with the outcome of this consultation.

The image below is of a flooded lower-portion of Matakitaki Pa, the former Waikato defensive position where a significant battle took place in February 1822. Matakitaki Pa was built on a narrow strip of land at the junction of the Waipā River and the Mangapiko Stream. The name Mātakitaki covers three sections, Mātakitaki to the north-west, Taura-Kohia, and Puketutu to the east.

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