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Pokeno is a small town in New Zealand, located 50 kilometres southeast of Auckland. State Highway 1 originally ran through the town, but the upgrading of the highway in 1992 to expressway standards mean that the town has been bypassed.[1]

Pokeno was an important site during the New Zealand Wars of the 19th century, being the site of the Queen's Redoubt, a major colonial military headquarters. The redoubt was an important southern fortification on the Great South Road, built by Governor George Edward Grey to transport troops for the Invasion of the Waikato.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the New Zealand film Goodbye Pork Pie, the fugitives steal fuel from the Pokeno service (gas) station, still operating under G.A.S.


  1. ^ "Pokeno". Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Pokeno NZ Wars memorial". New Zealand History online. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 

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Coordinates: 37°14′S 175°01′E / 37.233°S 175.017°E / -37.233; 175.017