In 1845 martial law was proclaimed over the lower North Island, in response to military action by the chiefs Te Rangihaeata and Te Rauparaha. Armed police led by Inspector D. S. Durie of Wellington arrested several chiefs at the site of present-day Plimmerton in July 1849, 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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