Story: Māori–Pākehā relations

Ruapekapeka, 1845 (1st of 2)

Ruapekapeka, 1845

Major Cyprian Bridge of the British Army's 58th regiment sketched a battle at Ruapekapeka , Northland, in 1846. British troops, who are supported by 'friendly' Māori, are bombarding the pā in the background. Battles in the 1840s were some of the earliest occasions on which relations between Māori and Europeans deteriorated into open warfare.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0054-1-077
Photolithograph by Cyprian Bridge

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Mark Derby, 'Māori–Pākehā relations - Military conflicts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011