Story: Taranaki places

‘The watchtower of the plains’

‘The watchtower of the plains’

Within the present-day Manaia golf course are the earthworks and blockhouses of the Manaia redoubt, erected by the armed constabulary in 1880–81 during the military advance on Parihaka. The concrete tower is a 1912 replacement of the original wooden structure, which was known as ‘the watchtower of the plains’ – but the two blockhouses are the original buildings.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki places - Waimate plain', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/25908/the-watchtower-of-the-plains (accessed 18 June 2019)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 7 Sep 2016