January 22, 2017
Te Arawa sets out case for Moehau legacy
Te Arawa elder Sir Toby Curtis has denied a report a Te Arawa delegation gate crashed a Hauraki Tribal Collective settlement meeting to vent its concern about the future of Mount Moehau.
Sir Toby says the elders travelled to Thames at the invitation of crown negotiator Rick Barker, and met with him outside the venue where the Hauraki meeting was being held.
The group had earlier been to Whitianga at the invitation of Ngati Hei and Ngati Huarere, which descend from Te Arawa waka.
Moehau at the top of the Coromandel Peninsula is the burial place of Tamatekapu, the captain of Te Arawa Waka, and other rangatira of the era.
Sir Toby says Te Arawa wants to ensure that history is acknowledged in the Hauraki settlement, and it is supporting Ngati Hei and Ngati Huarere to be the ones looking after the waahi tapu.
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