St Michael's Church Ohaeawai

Nga Puhi built this church as a symbol of peace on the site of Pene Taui's pa where the battle of Ohaeawai, which was a disaster for the British was fought. British troops casualties were about 40 dead and 70 wounded.

A significant factor was the advanced design of the pa in which firing and communication trenches gave the occupants maximum protection while allowing rapid movement within the pa. Anti-artillery bunkers (rua) were dug into the ground and covered with logs, stones and matted flax. Each could house 15–20 warriors in relative safety. (See the NZ History website)

The battle was in 1845. The church was consecrated in 1871.

In the grounds a cross with a Maori inscription is a memorial to the British soldiers who lost their lives.


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