March 09, 2018
Other history comes out for Rau Mamahara
A woman who will play a prominent role in this weekend’s first official commemoration of the wars of the 19th century says it’s a chance for the general public to hear the tangata whenua view on those conflicts.
Te Putake o te Riri, He Ra Maumahara starts with a powhiri and mass haka at Waitangi this afternoon and continues until Sunday, with events at the battle sites at Kororareka-Russell, Ohaeawai and Ruapekapeka.
Huhana Lyndon, one of the MCs for Sunday’s Kororareka event, says it’s a chance for people to learn where the battle sites were, who was involved on both the Maori and crown sides, and why the conflict started.
"The name of the kaupapa, Te Putake o te Riri, why did the battles occur? Te Putake, what was the root cause? That's the korero we will bring to the table. What's the context? What was happening at the time when the flagpole was cut down, Ruapekapeka, Ohaeawai, the preemptive actions and the omissions of the crown at the time," she says.
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