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Te Awamutu, New Zealand

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TE AWAMUTU is a placid place, surrounded by rolling hills, dairy pasture and overlooked by Mount Pirongia. By the nineteenth century Maori had a heavy presence on the land, as evidenced by the many pa sites in the loops of rivers and on steep hilltops. During the 1863 New Zealand Wars, Te Awamutu was a garrison for government forces and site of one of the most famous battles of the conflict, fought at the hastily constructed Orakau pa, where three hundred Maori stood off two thousand soldiers for three days. Besides being the birthplace of fraternal Kiwi pop music icons Tim and Neil Finn, Te Awamatu is locally renowned …
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