An Ingenious Design. Ruapekapeka Pā
Ruapekapeka was a Māori pā (earthen fort) built by Te Ruki Kawiti. The design was ingenious, with a double-row of strong timber palisades, firing trenches, flanking angles and bomb-proof shelters.
“The extraordinary strength of the place, particularly in its interior defences, far exceeded any idea I could have formed of it”
- Col. Depard, commander of the British Troops
Digital impression of the pā.
This video is protected by copyright owned by the Department of Conservation and Te Ruapekapeka Trust 10 January 2014. All rights reserved.