New Zealand Armed Constabulary garrison at Ōpepe

New Zealand Armed Constabulary garrison at Ōpepe, near Taupō, early 1870s.

In 1867, with imperial soldiers being withdrawn from New Zealand, a new military structure was needed. With the ‘backbone of Māori armed resistance to state authority’ seemingly broken, a body of armed constables able to play the twin roles of policeman and soldier appeared to be the answer. The Armed Constabulary came into existence in October 1867. In response to renewed armed resistance led by Tītokowaru and Te Kooti, the Armed Constabulary became a purely military organisation.

On 7 June 1869, Te Kooti’s forces ambushed a small party of Bay of Plenty Cavalry at Ōpepe, killing nine of them.

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What do you know?

Jamie M

Posted: 14 Feb 2018

Hi Christina. The short answer is no, there is no published list of men who served in the AC. Your best bet would be to contact Archives New Zealand who hold the original rolls of AC recruits, I am not sure how complete these are or how easy it would be be to find an individual name.

christina nathan

Posted: 13 Feb 2018

I have a question. Do you hold the names of the men who served in the constabulary