Ōnawe Peninsula

The Ōnawe Peninsula is a volcanic plug inside Akaroa Harbour, on Banks Peninsula in Canterbury, New Zealand. It is the site of a former (a Māori village). It is part of the Banks Peninsula Volcano.

(fortified Māori village)
Ōnawe Peninsula, 2007
Onawe Peninsula
Coordinates: 43.774°S 172.925°E / -43.774; 172.925
CountryNew Zealand

The New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage explains that the name Ōnawe is made up of "Ō" meaning "place of" and "nawe" meaning "to set on fire".[1]

It was the site of a Ngāi Tahu pā captured by Te Rauparaha, chief of the Ngāti Toa in 1831.[2] Up to 1,200 people were killed here, and the land is sacred to Ngāi Tahu[3] so "is deemed to be vested in Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu" as part of the Ngāi Tahu Waitangi claims settlement in 1998.[4]


  1. "1000 Māori place names". New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 6 August 2019.
  2. "Ōnawe Pa", Christchurch Public Library website
  3. "Ōnawe Pā - Draft Management Plan", Ngai Tahu website
  4. "Ngai Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998"