Hone Heke's War By John Robinson.
Hone Heke is best known for his cutting down the British flag at Kororareka. He had first stepped on to the national stage a few years earlier with a theatrical, grandstanding performance at Waitangi when he pushed ahead of more senior chiefs to be the first to sign the Treaty.
The economy of Northland suffered when the capital of the new colony was moved from Russell to Auckland. Heke capitalised on the resulting discontent and, despite the opposition of tribal elders, his call to arms brought about a war between, on the one hand, Heke, his ally, Kawiti, and their tribesmen and, on the other, a combination of Ngapuhi warriors, led by chief Tamati Waka Nene, and British forces. The ensuing battles, fought across a limited region between the Bay of Islands and Hokianga harbour, resulted in considerable loss of life and total defeat for Heke and his men. This book, by one of New Zealand’s most prolific writers of history, looks at the causes of Heke’s rebellion and describes the various battles and their aftermath.
Size: 27cm x 18cm
Type: Soft Cover
Pages: 68 pages of text and photos
Price: $30.00 plus postage $4.00 urban and rural 3 days