Hone Heke did a thing

Hone Heke did a thing

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  • 10 January 1846. Ruapekapeka pa has been besieged by the colonial British forces for two weeks as part of an ongoing war between the Crown and Maori loyal to Hone Heke.
  • 11 January 1846. Ruapekapeka Pa's defences are breached, and the entire pa is abandoned in a strategic withdrawal.
  • It doesn't take the British very long to realise what happened, but by then the remaining enemy forces are long gone, and it's too dangerous and pointless to follow them.
  • A week later, the two sides met again at the pa of Pomare II, but this time it was to seek peace. Over the course of four months peace was made between Hone Heke and the Crown's Maori allies, but Hone refused to make peace with Governor Grey himself.
  • In the meantime, George Grey issued a sort of "pardon" to the so-called "rebels", stating that they had been "punished enough" and that he did not insist on land confiscations.
  • It was not until two years after the battle that Hone Heke and George Grey would meet, in 1848. At the meeting, Hone gave the Governor his Pounamu mere, as a symbol of the Governor's right to be in New Zealand, and as a request for the British to honour the Treaty of Waitangi they had made only years before.
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