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‘Ohaiawai, N.Z. 1 July 1845’

‘Ohaiawai, N.Z. 1 July 1845’

In 1845 war broke out in the Bay of Islands when the Ngāpuhi leader, Hōne Heke, objecting to British authority, cut down the Kororāreka flagstaff and attacked the town. This sketch by John Williams shows the subsequent attack by British soldiers on Hōne Heke’s at Ōhaeawai. Brilliantly reinforced by the chief Kawiti, who employed underground bunkers, the pā withstood the attack. Of the British force, 41 were killed and over 70 were wounded.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Ink and wash drawing by John Williams

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngāpuhi - Early European contact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017