Story: New Zealand wars

The Pioneer

The Pioneer

In advancing into the Waikato, Lieutenant General Duncan Cameron made full use of the river to transport supplies. Some steamers were also used as gunboats to attack Māori . In this image the gunboat Pioneer is firing on the pā at Meremere in August 1863.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-110-006
Engraving by H. Baille

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Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand wars - Waikato war: beginnings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

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