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Bay of Islands - Russell - Flagstaff Hill - A little history, courtesy of the net.

After the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 the new colony of New Zealand now needed a capital but Kororareka (Russell), although used briefly was considered unsuitable partly because of its unsavoury reputation and the administration was moved to Auckland.

Recognise the flowers in the bottom right ?

As a result much of the shipping started bypassing the Bay. Local Maori were unhappy as they had been claiming a five pound charge on every incoming ship and became upset at their loss of power and authority, and the economic downtown. A local chief Hone Heke led a faction to express their discontent by cutting down the flagstaff and the British Union Jack on Maiki hill above the town.
The flagstaff was restored but cut down again three more times, the last on the 11 March 1845 involving another chief Kawiti and local hapu Kapotai in a three pronged attack on the town. The Battle of Korareka was won by Maori (helped by the accidental explosion of the town's ammunition store) who sacked and burnt the town sparing only Christ Church, Pompallier House and a few buildings at the south end of the beach. The settlers evacuated and fled to Auckland and it was years before any settlers returned.
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Apr 15 2007 01:14 GMT DavidNewland PRO
That is the biggest sky I've ever seen !!
Looks like you could reach up and grab a cloud.
Very cool perspective.
Apr 15 2007 04:21 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thanks David
Apr 15 2007 07:12 GMT LisaSam67
great info! I love that you do that! really adds to the pic!
and a wonderful pic it is too!
Apr 15 2007 08:57 GMT abojovna PRO
Wonderful! Thank you for explication!
Apr 15 2007 18:57 GMT senna3
Interesting piece of history Roger.
Apr 15 2007 19:10 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thanks Peter, as i have said before we don't have a lot of history here so it is nice to remember it sometimes
Apr 16 2007 02:47 GMT Poulet PRO
Great composition !!
Apr 16 2007 11:05 GMT schwc125
beautiful composition! (that yellow sweater is a nice dot of colour)
Apr 16 2007 17:40 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thank god for yellow sweaters then, nice to have a visit from you Carolin