October 10, 2018
Karangahape history unveiled
The hidden history of one of Tāmaki Mākaurau's most iconic streets will come come under scrutiny tomorrow as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival.
Pita Tūrei from Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Ngāti Paoa and Ngā Rauru Kiitahi will lead a walk down Te ara o Karangahape.
He says the K Rd ridge was part of an ancestral walking track between the Waitemata and Manukau harbours from when Hape first stepped off the Tainui Waka.
Unlike many of the generals and solders who made their homes in the area, Hape was not associated with conflict, so it's a chance to look at how history can be about relationships rather than war.
"So Karangahape and Hape in particular is a good place to start to look at our history but more importantly to dismantle the colonial record, the sanitisation of the missionary record, the exaggeration of the military record and of course the indifference of the colonial record," Mr Tūrei says.
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