shotguns (Tupara) For Sale
For the Battle of Gate Pa and Te Ranga 150th Commemorations, 20 handcrafted tupara or double barrel shotguns have been produced as exact replicas of the favoured firearms of Maori warriors at the time c 1860 and indeed as used extensively in the above two battles.
These have been manufactured in Italy by Davide Pedersoli and Co (http://www.davide-pedersoli.com/tipologia-prodotti.asp/l_en/idt_44/rifles-muzzle-loading-side-by-side-shotguns.html) to a traditional English design.
They have been assembled in New Zealand by John Osborne and are disarmed, but can be readily armed by a competent firearms expert.
Subsequently (as was common at the time of use by Maori) the walnut butts have been carved in tradition by Master Carver Whare Thompson and Master Carver Damien Kohu.
The Trust is offering the remaining tupara for sale to members of the general public. Interested parties can contact Buddy Mikaere on firstname.lastname@example.org for the price and details. (You must have a current firearms licence to purchase).
The Pukehinahina Charitable Trust is a not-for-profit trust that relies upon funds sought from a range of local and national bodies. Any profits from the sale of the tupara will be put towards the ongoing commemorations of both battles and the education of our shared history.