Each year on the 11 March, we commemorate the Battle of Kororareka – the anniversary of the battle which took place in Kororareka /Russell in 1845, and was the first battle of the Northern Wars in NZ of 1845-46. The commemoration starts with a dawn service at the Flagstaff, Te Whakakotahitanga-o-nga-iwi-e-rua, on our maunga Te Maiki to remember the battle and honour the desire for unity expressed when the flagstaff was re-erected in 1858. The commemoration then moves to Christ Church Russell where the fallen, both tangata whenua and pakeha are honoured at the Kohatu and the Hazard grave. From there all attendees are invited for breakfast at our whare mahi, Haratu, at Kororareka Marae on The Strand, Russell.
The commemoration is attended by locals from Russell and hapu whanau whose tupuna were involved in 1845, as well as representatives of Te Taua Moana o Aotearoa / The Royal New Zealand Navy, the NZ Army and NZ Police in recognition of their roles of the services of the times.
Nau mai, haere mai ki Kororareka!