Cyprian Bridge, View of the left angle of Heke's pah at Ohaiawai that was stormed on the 1st July, 1845.
A trench between 5 and 6 feet deep ran around the perimeter of the pā just inside the inner fence. Firing steps were cut into the side of this trench. Warriors could stand on the trench floor while loading and then step up to fire at ground level through gaps left in the palisade wall. Being able to rest their guns on the ground as they fired increased their accuracy. Note the Māori fighter in position with the British.
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Artist: Cyprian Bridge
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'Hōne Heke's pā at Ōhaeawai', URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/hone-hekes-pa-ohaeawai, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 25-Jun-2014