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  • Capt. Christopher Faulkner (1852 - 1936)
    Christopher Faulkner (1852-1936). Born in Otumoetai on 28 July 1852. Christopher was a trooper and despatch rider during the New Zealand Wars. He became one of the best-known captains in the Northern S...
  • James Lovell Neighbour (1848 - 1926)
    Constable - Armed Constabulary.
  • William Chidley Reynolds, Jnr (1843 - 1872)
    William was born in Cornwall and preceded his family to New Zealand on the ship 'Percy' in 1866. He joined the 3rd Waikato Militia, aged 22 and stood 6 foot tall. He was a substitute soldier on 26 May ...
  • William Steele, Captain (1831 - 1898)
    NOTE: William Steele's great-grandparents - Frederick Thomas Steele and Sophia Ann Steele (nee Adeane) - need to find link back. See also: Englishman William Steele spent time gold mining and farming...
  • James Runciman (c.1829 - 1899)
    James Runciman was a captain of the Volunteer Cavalry Corps in the Waikato wars. In the 1880s he took over a 600 hectare property at Newstead, calling it Marshmeadows as it was mostly swamp. He was a p...

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