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Troops at Maraenuka pā

Troops at Maraenuka pā

British redcoats and Māori stand outside Maraenuka in the Hutt Valley, the site of an 1846 dispute over land ownership. Violent disputes between Māori and Pākehā were common at the time, and settlers and British troops often came off worst, including in a serious defeat at Ōhaeawai, Northland, in 1845. Britain supplied the new governor, George Grey, with sufficient troops to force the issue when Ngāti Tama, led by Te Kāeaea (Taringakurī), and Ngāti Rangatahi, supported by Ngāti Toa leader Te Rangihaeata, refused to leave Maraenuka pā, which had been claimed for Pākehā settlement.

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W. David McIntyre, 'Empire and Commonwealth - War and empire', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by W. David McIntyre, published 20 Jun 2012