This painting by Kennett Watkins depicts an expedition to Auckland by Ngāti Pāoa in 1851. It occurred after members of Ngāti Pāoa visiting Auckland were involved in a scuffle with police, the result of a misunderstanding. Affronted, they returned to Hauraki, mustered a large fighting force, and set off for Auckland in a fleet of canoes. Governor George Grey had been warned of their arrival and was ready with troops and a frigate. Ngāti Pāoa and their allies were forced to back down. However, the so-called ‘invasion’ had a peaceful sequel: valuable heirlooms were presented to Grey, and much-needed food for Hauraki people was given in return.
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