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  • On 29 December 1860 General Pratt marched from Waitara at the head of 1000 men to attack Maori fortifications on the left bank of the Waitara River. The troops occupied and threw up a redoubt at the Maori settlement of Kairau. From their arrival at 6 a.m. until 2 a.m. next morning, the troops fired not less than 70,000 rounds and 120 rounds of shell and case shot, Maori also maintaining a heavy fire. On Sunday 30 December 1860 there was a ceasefire. Next day it was found that nearby Matarikoriko pa had been abandoned in the night, whereupon it was occupied by British forces.

    Karira of Ngatimaniapoto was reported killed by Pratt reporting on 31 December, that, ‘…it is known that at least five chiefs have been killed, amongst them, Karira...' (GBPP 1862).

    Karira Te Karu, principal Taranaki chief from Aotea was reported killed in the 'Journal of Events', The Taranaki Herald 3 January 1861

    The burial is uncertain The Taranaki Herald (5 January 1861) reported on Maori casualties as: ‘We found the graves of five men, and one is buried far down in the gully. A young fellow came over with Mr Wilson to-day to shew his father’s and uncle’s grave. It has been fenced in [i.e. by the troops].’ Elsewhere in the paper it is stated 5 bodies were in one grave. Another Maori grave was located after the end of hostilities in March, Taranaki Herald 23 March 1861.

    Date of death [29-30? December] 1860. The Taranaki Herald 3 January 1861, 5 January 186, 23 March 1861. Great Britain Parliamentary Papers (GBPP) 1862 [2835] Vol. XXXVII, p. 5. Grayling, W.I. 1862. The War in Taranaki, During the Years 1860–61. New Plymouth, G.W. Woon. Cowan, J. 1922–23 The New Zealand Wars (2 vols). Wellington, Government Printer. Prickett, Nigel. 1994. Pakeha and Maori fortifications of the First Taranaki War, 1860–61. Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum 31: 1-87. Belich, J. 1986. The New Zealand Wars: and the Victorian interpretation of racial conflict. Auckland, Auckland University Press AWMM
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    1860 Prickett, (2005).
    BrixtonTaranaki Prickett, (2005).
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    Prickett, N. (2005). Maori Casualties of the First Taranaki War, 1860-61. Records of the Auckland Museum 42: 81-124. AWMM
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