Tribes involved in the Battle of Ruapekapeka have marked the 175th anniversary of the conflict the Northern War by both remembering the past looking forward (Source: Waatea News)
Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Manu, Te Kapotai and other gathered at the remote Northland ridgetop near Kawakawa on Sunday morning to raise their flags.
The commemoration was part of a multi-year effort by Te Ruapekapeka Trust in partnership with the Department of Conservation to preserve the site, which for many years lay under a blanket of scrub and Kikuyu grass.
Speakers acknowledged the efforts of former trust chair Allan Halliday from Ngāti Hau, who died in December.
Northland MP Willow Jean Prime says for her people in Te Kapotai, the event was a reminder Aotearoa was not settled peacefully.
The results of that can be seen not just in battle sites but in marginalisation, assimilation and oppression.
However, the country was also on a journey to turn that around, including through the truth and reconciliation process of the Waitangi Tribunal.
She said what could be taken out of the history, and in the country’s response to the Christchurch mosque attacks, was that there could be unity through diversity.
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