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  • Rāwiri Puhirake Tuaia (c.1814 - 1864)
    Ngāi Te Rangi leader Rāwiri Puhirake Tuaia was the most influential chief in Tauranga during the time of the Battle of Gate Pā at Pukehinahina (29 April 1864) and Battle of Te Ranga (21 June 1864). His...
  • Thomas Synnott (1838 - 1934)
    Biography Thomas Synnott was born on April 18, 1838, in Dublin, Ireland.[1][2] His father was William Synnott , a shoemaker.[3][4] His mother is unknown. As a young man, he took up a military caree...
  • Capt. Edwin Utterton (1828 - 1864)
    Captain Edwin Utterton was killed via a gunshot wound to the neck during the Battle of Gate Pa at Pukehinahina on 29 April 1864. The Daily Southern Cross reported on 3 May 1864: Captain Edwin Utterto...
  • Rev. James Kemp (1797 - 1872)
    Charlotte and James Kemp were, with other missionaries, the co-founders at Kerikeri of the second Church Missionary Society station in New Zealand. According to family information Charlotte Butcher was...
  • Charlotte Kemp (1790 - 1860)
    1824: The Kemp family waited on the shore for the cutter. Charlotte, 5 months pregnant, with 3-year-old Henry at her skirts and baby Elizabeth of 13 months in her arms, was about to welcome another wom...

The New Zealand Wars, sometimes called the Land Wars and also once called the Māori Wars, were a series of armed conflicts that took place in New Zealand between 1845 and 1872. The wars were fought over a number of issues, the most prominent concerning Māori land being sold to the settler population.

The Māori King Movement (also known as the Kingitanga Movement) began resisting the purchase of their land by British settlers, in some cases resulting in violence. These disputes sowed the seeds of eventual war between Kingitanga Māori, with their supporters, and the British and New Zealand governments, with the support of allied Māori