Battle of Gate Pā Memorial Feature

By Wepiha Te Kanawa

The battle of Gate Pā is regarded as one of the nation's most iconic land wars. Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Alexander Cameron lead 1700 soldiers to the base of what is now Pukehinahina.

The battle of Gate Pā at Pukehinahina was one of the few outright victories for Māori against the British, a bloody battle that lasted 2 days long.

1700 European soldiers and marines, with the best artillery force the 19th century had seen, against 250 Māori soldiers.

Tuesday marked the 150th year anniversary of the battle.