Story: New Zealand wars

Ōmata stockade

Ōmata stockade

This painting of the Ōmata stockade was completed several years after it was the catalyst for one of the first major incidents of the Taranaki wars. The stockade was a few kilometres south-west of New Plymouth and served to protect local settler families. In March 1860 Ngāti Ruanui began to advance towards New Plymouth and built a , Kaipopo, overlooking the stockade. Lieutenant Colonel Charles Gold sent a force to relieve the stockade and attack the new pā, which was eventually captured, probably after its abandonment by Māori.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: 1985-0011-2
Watercolour by Henry Rawson

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How to cite this page:

Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand wars - North Taranaki war, 1860–1861', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Danny Keenan, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2017