Story: Taranaki region

Huirangi cross (1st of 5)

Huirangi cross

This cross at Huirangi, east of New Plymouth, marks the grave of more than 40 Māori from Waikato and Taranaki (Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Mahuta and Te Āti Awa). They were killed making an audacious dawn attack on No. 3 redoubt (Pratt’s sap) on 23 January 1861. The battle lasted over an hour, with many of the casualties being the result of vicious fighting in the redoubt trench. The redoubt was held by the 40th Regiment, which lost only five men in the action.

The original wooden memorial cross was replaced by this concrete one in 1941.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - Māori–Pākehā conflict', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 October 2019)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015