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Puketakauere Battle


War in Taranaki 1860-63

In March 1860 war broke out between Europeans and Māori in Taranaki following a dispute over the sale of land at Waitara. It was the beginning of a series of conflicts that would dog Taranaki for 21 years, claiming the lives of hundreds of people and leaving deep scars that persist to the present day. Read the full article

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On 27 June 1860 the British suffered a heavy defeat near Waitara. The Te Ātiawa chief Hapurona had strengthened the defences on the twin pā sites of Puketakauere and Onukukaitara,

Like many sites associated with the New Zealand Wars, today’s view from Puketakauere pā looking towards Waitara appears to be no more than farmland

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