Story: New Zealand wars

Ruapekapeka pā (4th of 4)

This plan of Te Ruki Kawiti's at Ruapekapeka was based on sketches made by military officers after the battle to document the extent and nature of the defences. After their experience at Ōhaeawai the British were wary about attacking the pā directly. They shelled it heavily but only advanced on the pā after discovering that it had been abandoned. The Māori may have left the pā in an attempt to lure the British into an ambush in the nearby forest.

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Reference: NZ Map 3555

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Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand wars - Northern war, 1845–1846', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2021)

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