June 25, 2020
Ruapekapeka stories reveal deep seated grievance
Descendants of those who fought at Ruapekapeka are being invited to a hui to prepare for the 175th anniversary of the battle.
Pita Tipene from Ngāti Hine says the ridge top site 20 kilometres south of Kawakawa has undergone a transformation in recent years as the various tribes of the area work with the Department of Conservation and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage to maintain and enhance it.
He says it is important the stories handed down by various means continue to be told.
"The War of the North in 1845 and 46 were a civil war. This was Māori against Māori. It just so happens the British got involved and took one side. So all those stories, warts and all, and I tell you there is quite a bit of reconciliation even in 2020 and beyond, because there is still ill feeling in the north among the tribes because of what happened all those years ago," Mr Tipene says.
The hui will be held tomorrow at Kawiti Marae in Waiōmio.
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