Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Rangiriri pā in the Video tab.
The remarkable earthworks at Rangiriri pā (Māori fortified settlement) formed a defensive line more than a kilometre long. In 1863 Rangiriri was stormed by Imperial forces during the Waikato war. Although the British eventually took the pā, they were repelled eight times, and British casualties were high. The remains of the earthworks are still visible today.
Related web links:
Rangiriri – war in Waikato
Attack on Rangiriri
Māori entrenchments at Rangiriri
Origins of the Māori King movement
Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/
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