New video and VR tour of Battle of Ruapekapeka Pā (1845)

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Radio NZ has just launched a 30-minute online documentary about the 1845-6 Northern War in New Zealand.  It is about the Battle of Ruapekapeka, but also covers some other battles from the campaign.

The video has been timed to mark the Rā Maumahara National Day of Commemoration of the New Zealand Wars, which takes place this Saturday (I am also hosting a New Zealand Wars display game  on Saturday to mark this important event).

You can see the whole documentary on the Radio NZ website.

I found it a very moving film. It shows the battle from a Māori perspective, when in the past we might have seen it more from an Anglo-centric point of view.

I’m a little surprised the movie still depicts that the defenders were at a church service when they were surprised by a British raid. There has been a newer theory that the Māori intentionally tried to get the British to attack and chase them through the empty pā and into the bush, where the Māori would then have the upper hand.

From a wargamer’s perspective, the video contains some amazing animations and reenactments. I thoroughly recommend it.

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British camp

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British forward position shelling Ruapekapeka Pa

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Ruapekapeka Pa

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Cutaway view of the dugouts, tunnels and trenches at Ruapekapeka Pa.

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Radio NZ have also produced a terrific virtual reality tour of the battle-site.

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3 responses to “New video and VR tour of Battle of Ruapekapeka Pā (1845)

  1. John Poniske

    Thank you for this thoroughly enjoyable presentation. I was referred to it by a fan of an upcoming board game design on the Land Wars due out this Winter/Spring – MAORI WARS (Compass Games). Your computer generated dioramas are wonderful.

  2. Pingback: A wargamer’s pedantic view of the Battle of Ruapekapeka (1845/46) | DRESSING THE LINES

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