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Images Of War In The Hauraki Gulf New Zealand


Images Of War In The Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand

As I got ready to publish a small collection of short stories taken from my family’s history during the World Wars, I wanted to share with you a few images of war found in the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand.

New Zealand was conscious of enemy threat, especially after the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbour in 1941. However, work had begun in the 1930s, positioning gun emplacements on some of our most beautiful and strategic islands.

Today, while lazy bulls and paradise ducks enjoy spectacular sea views and lush pastures, the curious boatie is reminded of another time, when war dominated everyone’s thoughts, and families grieved.

These photos were taken recently on a weekend trip to Motutapu Island which is situated 10 km North East of Auckland City.

 

 
Observation post on Motutapu Island, looking North




View from the North facing observation post on Motutapu Island




Info about Motutapu Battery




The remains of one of the gun emplacements




Info about the battery observation post




Main observation post




Info about the radar room on Motutapu Island




East facing observation post




Camouflage observation post

 


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