Battle of Gate Pā

Location: Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Source: New Zealand History

Historical Context

One of the biggest battles of the New Zealand wars fought between the indigenous Maori and British forces. The British, led by General Cameron, attacked Gate Pa (Pukehinahina), unaware of extensive trench fortifications around it engineered by Pene Taka Tuaia. The British attack was repulsed and the result was a famous Maori victory.

Historical Events

  • 1864-04-29 Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina): 1,700 British troops suffer their worst defeat of the New Zealand Wars at the hands of 230 entrenched Maori warriors in Tauranga

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