Story: Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi

Naval gunboat, Waikato, 1864

Naval gunboat, Waikato, 1864

The paddle steamer Koheroa was one of three gunboats to serve on the Waikato River during the Waikato war. This watercolour shows troops disembarking at Pukerimu (Cambridge) in April 1864. The war had begun the previous year with an invasion of Waikato by troops led by Lieutenant-General Duncan Cameron. Most Māori, and some Europeans (including several members of Parliament), regarded this action as a breach of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi).

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-047-q-046
Watercolour by Joseph Osbertus Hamley

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Claudia Orange, 'Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi - Dishonouring te tiriti – 1860 to 1880', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/36361/naval-gunboat-waikato-1864 (accessed 4 December 2023)

Story by Claudia Orange, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2023 with assistance from Claudia Orange