British governor of New Zealand declares martial law in dispute with native Maori
British authorities in New Zealand were in a land dispute with the native Maori in the Taranaki area west of Auckland on the north island. Governor Thomas Gore Browne declared martial law in the area and ordered Colonel Charles E. Gold with his men of the local militia to fortify the disputed block of land. Open warfare broke out between the British and the Maori two weeks later and the war lasted for almost a year. (By John Osborne)
J.H. Rose, H.H. Dodwell, The Cambridge History of the British Empire, Volume III (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1963), 134-135.