Story: New Zealand wars

Plan of Pāterangi pā (1st of 2)

After the battle of Rangiriri, the Kīngitanga (Māori King movement) forces retreated and built a large series of fortifications to protect the area producing most of their food. The centre of these defences was at Pāterangi, where a network of trenches and parapets was built with solid earthworks. Realising that the was highly defensible, the British decided to bypass it. Later in 1864 Captain Edward Brooks of the Royal Engineers returned to the site and drew this plan of the Pāterangi fortifications. Imperial officers were hugely impressed by the intricacy and ingenuity of their design.

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Lithograph by Captain Edward Brooke

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Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand wars - Waikato war: major battles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2022)

Story by Danny Keenan, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2017