Flagstaff war
Flagstaff war

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Flagstaff war

Flagstaff War




William Hobson Sails to the Bay of Islands

May 26, 1837

William Hobson sails to the Bay of Islands in New Zealand in order to provide a show of support to the British settlers

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Location: Bay Of Islands



Treaty of Waitangi

Feb 06, 1840

Treaty of Waitangi signed between Captain William Hobson for Britain and the Maori chiefs of the North Island of New Zealand. These chiefs include Hone Heke.

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Location: New Zealand



The Flagstaff War Begins

Jul 1844

Hone Heke raids the british settlement at Kororareka to take back a woman that had been living with a British settler there. While they were doing this his arty also cuts down the flagpole. The British replace it, only for Heke to cut down this one as well. This continued with the British building bigger and bigger flagpoles, and Heke cutting them down.

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Location: New Zealand



Te Waimate Negociations

Sep 02, 1844

Robert FitzRoy and the Ngāpuhi chiefs meet at the Te Waimate mission to try and defuse the situation. The chiefs wanted the removal of customs duties that were stifling maritime trade and the withdrawl of British troops. They offered to protect the Europeans themselves if his happened. Heke did not attend, but he did send a letter of conciliation and offered to replace the flagstaff.

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Location: New Zealand



Battle of Kororareka

Mar 11, 1845

Battle of Kororareka

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Location: Bay Of Islands



Attack on Pomare

Mar 28, 1845

Lieutenant-Colonel William Hulme arrives to restore British control. Their first target is Pomare, a chief that had sided with Heke. Ships anchored off his fortress. After a brief bombardment from HMS North Star they tricked Pomare into allowing himself to be arrested, and then burned down his fortress.

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Location: Bay Of Islands



Battle of Puketutu

May 07, 1845

Heke defeats the British at Puketutu

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Location: Bay Of Islands



Despard Arrives

Jun 02, 1845

Colonel Henry Despard arrives in Auckland to take over command of the British forces, have thoroughly annoyed everybody around his previous command in New South Wales.

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Location: New Zealand



Battle of Te Ahuahu

Jun 12, 1845

Waaka captures Te Ahuahu and then defeats Heke when he tries to recapture it

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Location: Bay Of Islands



March on Ohaeawai

Jun 23, 1845

Henry Despard musters a large force to march on Heke's fortress at Ohaeawai

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Location: Bay Of Islands



Planning the Attack on Ohaeawai

Jun 24, 1845

Henry Despard wanted to try a night attack, an idea his Sergeant-Major described as “downright madness”, but luckily for everybody a rain storm poured cold water on that idea.

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Location: New Zealand



HMS Hazard's Cannon

Jun 30, 1845

The crew of HMS Hazard drag one of the ship’s 32-pounder cannon up the conical hill near Waaka’s camp.

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Location: New Zealand



Heke Sends a Raid to Kill Waaka

Jul 01, 1845

Heke sends a raid to kill Waaka

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Location: New Zealand



Withdrawl From Ohaeawai

Jul 04, 1845

Heke decides to withdraw to a different position. Waaka notices before the British do and so his men are the first to enter the deserted fortress.

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Location: New Zealand



Sir George Grey Becomes Governor of New Zealand

Nov 18, 1845

Robert FitzRoy is removed as the Governor of New Zealand due to lobbying from the New Zealand Company who were annoyed with the taxes that he had imposed and the way that he had forced them to pay for the land that they had taken from the Maori nations. He is replaced by Sir George Grey.

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Location: New Zealand



Governor Grey Arrives to Reenforce Despard

Dec 07, 1845

Governor Grey arrives to reenforce Despard’s force. He brings with him:

  • 563 officers and men of the 58th
  • 157 men of the 99th
  • 42 volunteers
  • 84 Royal Marines
  • 313 sailors
  • 450 Maori

They then begin their march on Kawiti’s fortress at Ruapekaeka.

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Location: New Zealand



Battle of Ruapekaeka Begins

Dec 27, 1845

The first of the artillery are positioned to attack the Fortress at Ruapekaeka. Despard had heard rumours that Heke was planning to join forces with Kawiti so they begin their bombardment, but the men inside are safe within their underground shelters so they can emerge after each bombardment to repair any damage.

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Location: New Zealand



Heke Arrives At Ruapekaeka

Jan 09, 1846

Heke and a force of 60 of his soldiers arrive at Ruapekaeka.

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Location: New Zealand



Bombardment of Ruapekaeka

Jan 10, 1846

All the British artillery is finally in place and can begin their bombardment. The 32-pounders, smaller cannon, mortars, rockets and small arms begin a continuous bombardment of the fortress walls at Ruapekaeka.

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Location: New Zealand



The Walls of Ruapekaeka Are Breached

Jan 13, 1846

The walls of Ruapekaeka are breached by the guns of the Naval Brigade. It was Sunday so most of the Christian Maori, including Heke himself, were holding a prayer meeting leaving only Kawiti and a handful of non-Christian soldiers on guard.

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Location: New Zealand



Siege of Ruapekaeka Ends

Jan 14, 1846

Siege of Ruapekaeka ends and the fortress is burned down. Waaka would later negotiate an unconditional pardon for Heke and Kawiti, which Grey accepted because he had his hands full on the other island.

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Location: New Zealand



Timelines of the participants of Flagstaff War

The timeline of Flagstaff War itself is coloured blue

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