October 20, 2022
Ōhaeawai story shared with the world
Visitors to the north can now get a better sense of a critical period of Taitokerau history thanks to a two year project restoring the site of the 1845 Battle of Ōhaeawai.
With the help of a $1.79 million grant from the Provincial Growth Fund, the Ōhaeawai Community Cultural Centre fixed up Te Haara farm, St Michael’s Anglican Church and Ōhaeawai Native School and built walking tracks connecting the sites.
Project co-ordinator Raima Redden says people can now get a better sense of the pa fortifications designed by her ancestor Te Ruki Kawiti, which were being damaged by cattle.
“I guess it was just to enhance the battle of Ōhaeawai, make it known to the wider community, not just keep it to ourselves,, to Ngati Rangi, share it to the rest of the world and tell some great stories, our stories,” Ms Redden says.