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Attack on Te Ngutu-o-te-manu

Attack on Te Ngutu-o-te-manu

This engraving appeared in an English magazine in November 1868, captioned ‘A fresh war in New Zealand: capture of a native stronghold by a British force’. The paper was correct that a new war had broken out, with an attack by Tītokowaru’s men on the redoubt of Turuturumōkai; but it was quite wrong to describe the next engagement, pictured here, as ‘capture of a native stronghold’. The scene was Te Ngutu-o-te-manu, the home village of Tītokowaru, and the attack was led by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas McDonnell. A previous expedition, on 12–13 August, had failed to capture the , and this attack on 21 August also failed when the weather deteriorated. A final attempt on 7 September 1868 resulted in a clear victory for Tītokowaru.

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Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand wars - Tītokowaru’s war, 1868–1869', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 March 2023)

Story by Danny Keenan, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 29 Nov 2022