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Akaroa Harbour - Onawe Peninsula

Akaroa Harbour - Onawe Peninsula

At the shallow head of the harbour between Barry's Bay and Duvauchelle lies the once fortified Ngai Tahu Pa, "Onawe".

The distinctive whale-shaped peninsula that juts out into the water was the site of a bloody massacre when it was invaded by the Ngāti Toa chief, Te Rauparaha, in 1832 following the sacking of Kaipoi in 1831. Situated on a peninsula the pā was surrounded by the sea at high tide. It could easily be seen from the surrounding shores, and it was on both sides of the peninsula that Te Rauparaha would establish his Ngāti Toa (Barry’s Bay) and Ngāti Awa (Head of the Bay) warriors prior to the battle. Many Ngāi Tahu had sought refuge at Ōnawe after the decimations further north.


Below you will find the message written on the back of the postcard. In the event we have duplicates of the same postcard, multiple messages may be found below.

Addressed To:
Mr & Mrs R Ingliss
Dear Sue & Roy (Verena & Dave if home) I arrived in Christchurch on Monday by overnight ferry - very rough crossing. Am travelling down to the Hermitage tomorrow as they now want me straight away (after not wanting me at all a week ago !!) Its a bit earlier than I had hoped - was looking forward to a few days holiday! Beautiful weather here in Akaroa where I am spending the day today. I had a lovely Xmas in Auckland. Hope you all had a good time & wish you all a very Happy New Year. Tell Roy I haven't had my cigarette yet today-might have it this evening!!!!
Love Heather
14th Jan
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Gladys Goodall
Gladys Goodall
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