Orongokoekoeā Pā Coordinates: is a hill site located south of Te Kuiti, about halfway to Taumarunui, in the King Country region of New Zealand. Its named after the long-tailed cuckoo (koekoeā), which inhabits the area during the summer months. Orongokoekoeā is the site of an ancient Maori hill fortress (pā) belonging to the Ngāti Matakore tribe of the Ngāti Maniapoto tribal area. Pōtatau Te Wherowhero (later the first Māori king) and his Waikato iwi retreated here and stayed for several years after they were defeated by musket-armed Ngāpuhi led by Hongi Hika in a battle at Matakitaki (Pirongia) in 1822. Te Wherowhero's son Tāwhiao, the second Maori King, was born at Orongokoekoeā in about 1825.
- ↑ Kelly, Leslie G. (1938). "Orongokoekoea pa". pp. 145–51. http://www.jps.auckland.ac.nz/document/Volume_47_1938/Volume_47,_No._188/Orongokoekoea_pa,_by_Leslie_G._Kelly,_p_145-151/p1.
- ↑ "Tawhiao, Tukaroto Matutaera Potatau Te Wherowhero". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/2t14/1. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
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