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Duchy rankWaitaha
Primary culture
Maori (Pacific)

Capital province
Te Tau Ihu (2738)

Polynesian Tribe Government tribal.png

State religion

Technology group
PolynesianPolynesian technology group
Iwi ideas
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For countries with Primary culture.png Maori primary culture.

Traditions.png Traditions:

−10% Recruitment time
−20% Harsh treatment cost

National sailors modifier.png Sons of Kupe

+10% National sailors modifier
+10% Colonial range

Tolerance of the true faith.png Kaitiakitanga

+1 Tolerance of the true faith

Stability cost modifier.png Kaumatua

−20% Stability cost modifier

Morale of armies.png Kapa Haka

+10% Morale of armies

Fort maintenance.png Pa Defence

−10% Fort maintenance

Land leader shock.png Te Moko

+1 Land leader shock

Core-creation cost.png The Maori King Movement

−10% Core-creation cost
+1 Yearly legitimacy

Idea bonus.png Ambition:

+1 Yearly prestige

Waitaha is a one-province Maori chiefdom in the South Island of New Zealand. By conquering the North Island it is able to form Flag of Aotearoa Aotearoa. It has no land neighbours as the only iwi in the South Island, however it shares Cook Strait crossing with Flag of Ngati Toa Ngati Toa.

Events[edit | edit source]

Main article: Polynesian events

Waitaha is a Maori culture state, meaning it experiences Polynesian events including both Polynesian generic events and Maori events.

Missions[edit | edit source]

Main article: Polynesian missions

Waitaha uses the Polynesian mission tree, common to all Maori culture states, which focusses on uniting New Zealand and colonising Oceania.

Decisions[edit | edit source]


Execute decision.pngForm Aotearoa

We have emerged as the Iwi that will unite them all under the same banner. The rise of Aotearoa starts today!

Potential requirements

Flag of Aotearoa Aotearoa does not exists
The country:

If the country is AI-controlled then it:


Flag of Aotearoa Aotearoa does not exists
The country:

  • is not a subject nation other than a tributary state.
  • is not at war.
  • has its Capital.png Capital as core province in Colonial Australia region
  • owns at least 7 provinces in:
    • Te Ika a Maui Hauauru area
    • Te Ika a Maui Waho area
    • Te Waipounamu area


The country:

  • becomes Flag of Aotearoa Aotearoa.
  • gains Yearly prestige.png 25 prestige.
  • gets the Msg event.png event ‘New Traditions & Ambitions’, unless it has custom or Iwi ideas.
  • increases rank to Kingdom rank kingdom, if it is a Duchy rank duchy
  • gains a permanent claim on:
    • Te Ika a Maui Hauauru area
    • Te Ika a Maui Waho area
    • Te Waipounamu area
  • gets “Increased Centralization” for Time Icon.png 20 years, giving:
    • Autonomy.png −0.05 monthly autonomy change,
    • National unrest.png +1 national unrest.

AI will always take this decision.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Strategy The below is one of many player suggested strategies for Waitaha. Bear in mind, due to the dynamic nature of the game, it may unfold differently for other players.
Main article: Aotearoa#Strategy

Uniting New Zealand as quickly as possible to form Aotearoa is likely to be a priority when playing as Waitaha, as European nations will begin colonising Oceania relatively soon after beginning to colonise the Americas, and be extremely difficult to evict. This is especially pressing for Waitaha, as their starting province directly borders two uncolonised provinces that colonisers may use as a stepping stone to invade the rest of New Zealand, starting with Waitaha. Waitaha starts with only 4 development, lower than all North Island iwi. Their position in the South Island poses an additional challenge in expansion, forcing strait crossings to reach their northern enemies. However, the strait also provides a great defensive barrier, and if Ngati Toa can be secured as an early ally this could be very advantageous. Waitaha must beware the natives in its neighbouring uncolonised provinces, as they can pose a serious threat to its armies in the early game if they are moving through them for any reason. Rather than directly colonising them, the mission Colonize Southern Island will cede the uncolonised South Island provinces immediately upon completion; due to Waitaha's low starting tech and small size colonisation is very time consuming and costly and so this is a massive advantage if it can be secured. The kingdom government rank can be achieved without forming Aotearoa through the Centralize the Realm mission; however, irrespective of whether the player chooses to form Aotearoa the same strategies will be relevant for Waitaha once it has united New Zealand.

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