Topic: Pōterīwhi Pā (Port of Relief)

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At this pā on the lower Wairoa River, Henare Taratoa and other chiefs drew up the Code of Conduct for the Battle of Gate Pa, in which Māori promised to treat their enemies well.

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Robley's sketch of L-Shaped Pa at Wairoa reproduced by British War Office Records  

The Christian ideals embodied in the document, and the honourable way in which Māori behaved to the fallen soldiers are part of the legend of Gate Pā Pukehinahina.

After the battle of Gate Pā on 29 April 1864 Māori retreated to Pōterīwhi, although imperial troops found it deserted several days later. The palisades were dismantled and burnt, and the original pā modified into a redoubt.

Building a Redoubt at the Wairoa - Tauranga by Horatio Gordon Robley (Museum of New Zealand: Te Papa Tongarewa)

"Notes: This pa on the Wairoa River, was also known as Poteriwhi and was usually occupied by Penetaka, the Ngaiterangi engineer who designed the Gate Pa, this pa and many others. The Ngaiterangi retreated to Poteriwhi subsequent to leaving the Gate Pa in April-May 1864. On reaching it a few days later the British found it deserted, so the palisading was dismantled and set fire to. A redoubt was then constructed on the site. It was subsequently decided to abandon the Wairoa redoubt and the nearby Te Puna redoubt and concentrate all the British forces at Te Papa. [Fildes:1921. p. 64–65]."

 

Sources:

Building a Redoubt at the Wairoa - Tauranga by Horatio Gordon Robley (Museum of New Zealand: Te Papa Tongarewa)

McCauley, Debbie (5 August 2011). Identity and the Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina), 29 April 1864 (Tauranga Memories: Battle of Gate Pa, 1864 kete).

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre.

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Pōterīwhi Pā (Port of Relief)


Year:1864
City:Tauranga
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Latitude and Longitude coordinates: -37.6995537,176.09659669999996

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