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Tauranga Moana Land Wars

The Battle of Pukehinahina

29th April 1864

The battle of Gate Pā at Pukehinahina (Puke meaning hill and hinahina or mahoe is a native tree) occurred on April 29 1864. It is remembered as the battle where hugely outnumbered Māori defenders managed to repulse an experienced British force and secure what many regard as a famous Māori victory.

The Battle of Te Ranga

21st June 1864

Two months after the battle of Gate Pā, the British were to have their utu (revenge). They attacked unprepared Māori on June 21 1864, which became known as the Battle of Te Ranga.

Those present at Te Ranga were Ranginui hapu, Waitaha, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Hinerupe, Tūhoe, Whakatōhea and some whānau members of Te Arawa. Women and children dug the Pā, and when the British turned up, they started firing.

Te Ranga Image, jumping over trenches

Te Ranga Taumataiahui

On the 21st of June 2024, we’ll be commemorating the 160th anniversary of Te Ranga.

We’re thrilled to share the itinerary for this significant day. We will start the morning at Te Ranga, with mihi whakatau, waiata, wreath laying, and tree planting. This will be followed by breakfast at Aquinas College and a pōhiri.
Te Ranga

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