Story: Musket wars

Hongi Hika injured

Hongi Hika injured

This 1827 painting by Augustus Earle shows Ngāpuhi leader Hongi Hika (centre, wearing huia feathers in his hair and a light-coloured cloak) at a meeting near Kororāreka. He had been hit by a musket ball during a battle and injured. Unfortunately he had not worn his suit of armour, a gift from King George IV, which had until then deflected musket fire. Hongi's wound was ultimately fatal – he died the following year.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: G-707
Oil on canvas by Augustus Earle

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Basil Keane, 'Musket wars - Warfare from the north', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 March 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012