Okoki Pa Historic Reserve

Off State Highway 3
Urenui, Taranaki
Terraces, trenches and storage pits can all still be seen on this important North Taranaki pa. Nearby is the site of the 1822 Battle of Motunui, fought between Taranaki and Waikato tribes, long-standing enemies. A memorial to Sir Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hiroa) takes the form of a stylised prow of a huge war canoe. In the vault beneath it are his ashes and those of his pakeha wife.

The fascinating story of Sir Peter Buck tells of a half-caste of Irish and Maori heritage whose career included being a pioneering and internationally renowned anthropologist, the first Maori medical doctor, a politician, administrator, soldier, sportsperson and leader of the Maori people.
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  • Sir Peter Buck Memorial
    Sir Peter Buck Memorial
  • Okoki Pa Historic Reserve
    Okoki Pa Historic Reserve
  • Okoki Pa Location
    Okoki Pa Location
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