The early days

The first European soldier-settler Fencibles arriving at Waipaparoa-Howick Beach being welcomed by Tara Te Irirangi and Wiremu Te Wheoro on 15th November 1847. Painting by Alan La Roche

Grey summoned enforcements After the wars in Northland, in 1845 Governor George Grey wanted protection for the capital of New Zealand and European settlers in Auckland. He asked Earl Grey, the Minister for the Colonies in the British Parliament, for 2500 troops. To avoid the expense, he sent army pensioners who had served for about […]