Topic: S49: Te Pakanga o Pukehinahina (mural) by Brookfield Primary School

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S49: Te Pakanga o Pukehinahina (mural) by Brookfield Primary School was winner of the mural division in the Battles of Gate Pā/Te Ranga Art Competition (2014). The image has also been chosen to grace a new Tauranga City Library card.

S49: Te Pakanga o Pukehinahina (mural) by Brookfield Primary School 

This mural was designed by Brookfield School teacher Kirsty Schulze and was painted by her and some of the students of Brookfield School.

The Trenches: The trenches in this painting represent those that were dug out by the Maori warriors. They were designed by Pene Taka Tuaia. These trenches represented modern warfare of those times and were instrumental in the 250 Maori warriors defeating the British Troops.

The Pukehinahina Bush: The battle ground was covered in Pukehinahina Bushes, a native plant to Aotearoa.

The Flag: The red flag in the painting is the one that was flown at the battle.

The Maori Woman and the English Soldier: The woman in this picture is Te Auetu Koikoi, the daughter of Parone Koikoi, sister of Ihakara Koikoi of Ngai Tamarawaho. After the battle, she gave water to the soldiers and helped carry them to the makeshift hospital.

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S49: Te Pakanga o Pukehinahina (mural) by Brookfield Primary School


Year:2014