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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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