Koheroa, Mercer

Koheroa memorial, Mercer
Mercer Memorial. Image: Amanda Trayesexpand/collapse

By crossing into Kingite territory, the British had declared war.  Both sides now fought for control of the lower Waikato River – the main route for supplies and communication. Imperial troops soon had the advantage, winning the high ground known as the Koheroa Ridge.

The British troops were supported by a fearsome flotilla of armoured gunboats and smaller barges.  At Te Paina (aka Mercer) you can see a turret from one of the gunboats, the Pioneer, with the Koheroa ridge forming a half-circle in the distance.