This memorial is located on the remains of Turuturumōkai Redoubt in the northwest section of an historic reserve on Turuturu Road, Hāwera. It was unveiled on 11 December 1929.


Panel at front of monument reads:

Turuturu-Mokai redoubt built in November 1866 by the 18th Royal Irish Regiment which supplied a garrison to protect the surveyors led by Percy Smith. Military settlers later took up the blocks surveyed and the redoubt fell into disrepair. 

By mid 1868 the Hauhau Maoris has been organised by Titokowaru and began a series of attacks which drove he Europeans from South Taranaki by the end of 1868. The first major attack was on this redoubt which was being rebuilt.

On Sunday July 12th 1868, just before dawn, a party of six Maoris from Te Ngutu o Te Manu attacked the garrison of twenty-two armed constabulary. Ten of the defenders were dead, six wounded, and six unharmed when Major Von Tempsky arrived at 7.00am with relief from the Waihi redoubt three miles to the west.

The bodies of those killed were buried at the Waihi cemetery.

Panel at rear of monument reads:

Turuturu Mokai 12th July 1868

Erected in memory of those who took part in the engagement on this spot.


Capt. Ross. Sergt. McFadden. Corp. J. Blake.

Constables Alleyn Beamish; R. Ross; W. Gaynor; P. Shields; G. Holden; P. Swords; Canteen-Keeper Lennon


Constables J.G. Beamish; G. Lacey; Flanagan; G. Tuffin; Kershaw; M. O'Connor


Serg. Coslett Johnston

Constables L. Milmoe; Stuart; O'Brien; H. McLean; M. Gill

C.C. Woods bequest memorial supplemented by public subscription



When peace returned to a place of violence Taranaki Herald 28 October 1967

Historic pa to blossom in future Taranaki Herald 13 October 1979

Hawera walkway open for business Taranaki Daily News 12 April 1986




Related Information


Turuturumōkai NZ Wars memorial


Turuturu-Mokai: another version of the fight (Hawera & Normanby Star 20 July 1909)


Maori war memories: Turuturu-Mokai fight (Taranaki Daily News 11 December 1929)


Memorial unveiled (Taranaki Daily News 12 December 1929)


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