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Police stockade, 1849

Police stockade, 1849

In 1846 martial law was proclaimed over the lower North Island in response to threatened military action by the chiefs Te Rangihaeata and Te Rauparaha. Armed police, led by Inspector D. S. Durie of Wellington and supported by soldiers and sailors, arrested several chiefs. including Te Rauparaha, at the site of present-day Plimmerton in July 1846, and confiscated arms and ammunition. This drawing shows the securely fenced police stockade at Paremata on Porirua Harbour, with a raupō hut standing on its seaward side.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Pencil sketch by William Swainson

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Richard S. Hill, 'Police - The earliest police forces', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 April 2024)

Story by Richard S. Hill, published 20 Jun 2012