This drawing by Cyprian Bridge, a major in the British army, shows British troops and their Māori allies attacking a pā at Ōhaeawai (near present-day Kaikohe) during the 1845–46 war in the north. Although Bridge refers to this as ‘Heke’s pā’, Hōne Heke himself had been badly wounded in the earlier battle of Te Ahuahu and took no part in the fighting at Ōhaeawai. His ally, chief Kawiti, supervised construction of this pā and led his men to a crushing victory over the attacking forces.
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