Story: Northland region

Destruction of a pā, Bay of Islands

Destruction of a pā, Bay of Islands

Some northern chiefs were unhappy that British control undermined their traditional authority. They were also dissatisfied with the loss of commercial activity after the capital moved from Okiato to Auckland in 1841. Hōne Heke challenged British sovereignty from 1844 and war broke out in 1845. This watercolour shows the destruction by British forces of a belonging to Pōmare II at Ōtuihu in the Bay of Islands. Pōmare was a largely innocent bystander in the dispute.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-079-032
Watercolour by John Williams

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Claudia Orange, 'Northland region - Māori society: 1840–1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/7598/destruction-of-a-pa-bay-of-islands (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by Claudia Orange, updated 1 May 2015