Orakau Battle Site

The battle site is on the roadside east of Kihikihi
Orakau, Waikato
The battle at Orakau in 1864 marked the end of the Waikato Wars. Rewi Maniapoto’s “last stand” against the invading British troops is one of the best-known incidents in New Zealand’s history. Holding out for three days against great odds, Rewi spurned pleas he surrender.

A roadside memorial and plaque stand close to the scant remains of Rewi’s hastily constructed earthworks. It can be found on Arapuni Road, 4 km south-east of Kihikihi, south of Te Awamutu on State Highway 3. Much debate and discussion went into the wording on the memorial, the Pakeha wanting to celebrate 50 years of peace, but also a 'glorious battle,' and Waikato Iwi looking for acknowledgement of Rewi as commander-in-chief of the Maori side.


"Rewi's Last Stand" was a film produced by Rudall Hayward initially in a silent version (1925) and then with sound (1940).

Tags

Land Wars

Types

Heritage, Film
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    Orakau Battle Monument
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    Orakau Location
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  • Captain James Tarrant Ring, 18th R.I., 1863-1864, Portsmouth, by Richard Poate. Purchased 1916. Te Papa (O.013479)
    Captain James Tarrant Ring, 18th R.I., 1863-1864, Portsmouth, by Richard Poate. Purchased 1916. Te Papa (O.013479)
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