Kōrero: Empire and Commonwealth

Troops at Maraenuka pā

Troops at Maraenuka pā

British redcoats and Māori stand outside Maraenuka in the Hutt Valley, the site of an 1846 dispute over land ownership. Violent disputes between Māori and Pākehā were common at the time, and settlers and British troops often came off worst, including in a serious defeat at Ōhaeawai, Northland, earlier in 1846. Britain supplied the new governor, George Grey, with sufficient British troops to force the issue when Ngāti Tama, led by Te Kāeaea (Taringakurī), and Ngāti Rangatahi, supported by Ngāti Toa leader Te Rangihaeata, refused to leave Maraenuka pā, which had been claimed for Pākehā settlement.

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

W. David McIntyre, 'Empire and Commonwealth - War and empire', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/33227/troops-at-maraenuka-pa (accessed 25 June 2019)

Story by W. David McIntyre, published 20 Jun 2012