The Northern War, fought in the Bay of Islands in 1845-46, was the first serious challenge to the Crown in the years after the Treaty of Waitangi. Its opening shots marked the beginning of the wider North Island conflicts that are often referred to as the New Zealand Wars.
- Page 5 - ŌhaeawaiThe vastly experienced Henry Despard had now arrived to command all the British troops in New Zealand. Keen to cash in on Heke’s setback at Te Ahuahu, he assembled the
Township in the rolling hillcountry to the east of Lake Omapere, Northland. 3km south-west of the town there once stood a pa, site of the Ohaeawai Battle of 1845. The battle was fought between the British and the combined forces of the Ngāpuhi chiefs Hone Heke and Kawiti.