Dimensions: 30 cm x 30 cm
Media: Oil paint on board
The painting is called ” Te Kai-a-te-karoro”, which translates to
the food of the seagulls. This area near Baylys Beach is said to
be the first battle site where muskets were used. The year was
1807 and the battle was between Nga Puhi and Ngati Whatua.
Around 200 warriors are said to have been killed. Hongi Hika
lost two brothers at the battle and he himself was lucky to
escape. This was the start of the musket wars which lasted for
around three decades and killed up to 30,000 people.