Bus tour will show­case Waipa district

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Dis­cov­er­ing the his­tory of Waipa has be­come as easy as jump­ing on a bus.

Coun­cil is of­fer­ing two free Waipa Dis­cov­ery Tours in early Novem­ber to help lo­cals un­der­stand the district’s his­tory and its wider place in the his­tory of the coun­try.

A grow­ing in­ter­est in the his­tory of Waipa and its role in the New Zealand Land Wars of the 1860s has prompted coun­cil to of­fer the tours.

The bus tours will high­light bat­tles that oc­curred in Waipa, in­clud­ing the Wa­iari and ra¯kau bat­tles and the Hin­gakaka in­ter­tribal bat­tle.

‘‘Waipa has a very rich his­tory and we have im­por­tant sto­ries to be told,’’ Waipa District Coun­cil her­itage man­ager Tony Roxburgh said.

‘‘We have some very sig­nif­i­cant bat­tles that took place in Waipa like Hin­gakaka, Ma¯tak­i­taki and Tau­matawiwi and later the land war bat­tles of Orakau.

‘‘As a coun­cil, we have le­gal obli­ga­tions to con­serve and man­age our her­itage and of­fer­ing some one-off bus tours is one way to do that.’’

Re­quests for ed­u­ca­tion around the district’s his­tory fil­ter in ad hoc via the district’s mu­se­ums and schools, Roxburgh said.

‘‘This is one way we can in­vest in our her­itage, as we’re obliged to do, and at the same time help

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