Story: New Zealand wars

Kororāreka, 10 March 1845

This drawing, derived from a sketch by Captain Clayton, shows Kororāreka (Russell) from the sea on 10 March 1845. The very next day Ngāpuhi leaders Hōne Heke Pōkai and Te Ruki Kawiti led about 450 men in an attack on the town, which the British abandoned before most of it was destroyed by fire. Click on the marked spots in the drawing to see sites as they appear in the 21st century.

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Reference: James Cowan, The New Zealand wars: a history of the Maori campaigns and the pioneering period. Vol. 1. Wellington: Government Printer, 1922

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Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand wars - Northern war, 1845–1846', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 October 2021)

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