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A story of mistaken identity and revenge, against a background of early and uneasy contact betwee Maori and Europeans. The Boyd is ransacked and wreck while in Whangaroa Harbour and the other passangers and crew are killed as an act of utu by Te Puhi’s people. Then, in a tragic case of mistaken identity, not Te Puhi, but a chief called Te Pahi and the people of his village are massacred by a band of whalers taking the law into their own hands.
These episodes of Greenstone Pictures’ documentary series about maritime misfortune recounts the fate of the Boyd — a shipwreck created by a bloody act of revenge. Presenter Paul Gittins travels to Whangaroa Harbour in the Far North and carefully examines the lead-up to the attack and former Race Relations Conciliator, and local resident, Hiwi Tauroa provides further context.