May 26, 2015
Ngati Apa marks treaty site
The riverbank site near Tangimoana where Ngati Wairiki-Ngati Apa signed the Treaty of Waitangi 175 years ago has been marked by a new monument.
The low cairn of Rangitikei River stones on a Horizons Regional Council stopbank was unveiled by two direct descendants of signatory Te Hakeke and students from local schools.
Chris Shenton from Te Runanga o Ngati Apa says it overlooks Tawhirihoe, the seasonal kainga where missionaries Henry Williams and Octavius Hadfield presented the Treaty document on behalf of the Crown on May 21, 1840.
He says it’s a first step to enhancing the site so people can recognise the area and understand its historical significance.
Many of the 38 treaty signing sites around the country are still unmarked.
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