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The harbour was the scene of one of the most notorious incidents in early New Zealand history, the Boyd massacre. In December 1809 almost all the crew and 70 passengers were killed as utu (revenge) for the mistreatment of the son of a local chief who had been in the crew of the ship. Several days later the ship was burnt out after gunpowder was accidentally ignited. Relics of the Boyd are now in a local museum.
In June 1823 Wesleydale, the first Wesleyan mission in New Zealand, was established at Whangaroa. In February 1827, the famous Ngā Puhi chief Hongi Hika was engaged in warfare against the tribes of Whangaroa. Acting contrary to the orders of Hongi Hika some of his warriors plundered and burnt the Wesleyan mission. The missionaries, Rev. Mr Turner and his wife and three children, together with Rev. Messrs, Hobbs and Stack, and Mr Wade and wife, were 'compelled to flee from Whangarooa (sic) for their lives'. They were conveyed by ship to Sydney, NSW.
- "Whangaroa Travel Guide". Jasons Travel Media.
- Caroline Fitzgerald (2011). Te Wiremu - Henry Williams: Early Years in the North. Huia Press. ISBN 978-1-86969-439-5.
- Journal of William Williams, March 1st 1827 (Caroline Fitzgerald, 2011)
- The Times, London, article CS118772953 dated 25 June 1827; retrieved 4 May 2004.
- Journal of James Stack, Wesleyan missionary, March 12th 1828 (Caroline Fitzgerald, 2011)
Wises New Zealand Guide, 7th Edition, 1979. p. 508.
Whangaroa travel guide from Wikivoyage
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