Northern Taranaki Land War

Northern Taranaki Land War

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  • In the early 1860’s, settlers had moved about 6 kilometres south-west of New Plymouth into Ōmata to build protective stockades.
  • Welcome to Ōmata
  • Welcome to New Plymouth
  • Overlooking the stockades, Ngāti Ruanui and their supporters built their own stockade as well as their own pā, Kaipopo.
  • On March 28, 1860, two forces of around 120 British regulars, 150 volunteers and militia had approached, and during the approach the local forces came under attack from the Maoris.
  • The British regulars, along with the volunteers had orders to return to New Plymouth by night full, they had then retreated, and eventually so did the locals.
  • Retreat
  • It was left to a group of about 60 naval men to attack Kaipopo pā and eventually take it, although some historians claim it had already been abandoned.
  • After is was said that two Europeans had died, while over 20 Maori were killed.
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