Plan to pro­tect site at Ruapekapek­a Pa¯

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Te Ruapekapek­a

Trust and the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion have signed Te Ruapekapek­a Pa¯ and Bat­tle­field Strat­egy and Plan, to pro­tect the mana whenua and taha wairua of the fa­mous site.

TRT chair­man Al­lan Hal­l­i­day, who led the process fa­cil­i­tated by Pita

Tipene, said the sign­ing sig­nalled the be­gin­ning of joint plan­ning for de­vel­op­ment of Te Ruapekapek­a. It also ac­knowl­edged the 175th an­niver­sary in 2021 of the bat­tle.

“This task we ac­cept as our duty, re­spon­si­bil­ity and bur­den, and I feel con­fi­dent go­ing for­ward that we can and will achieve our de­sired goals — en­hanc­ing our vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­vid­ing greater ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion here at Te Ruapekapek­a,” Mr Hal­l­i­day said. The trust and DOC will com­mem­o­rate the 175th an­niver­sary of the last bat­tle (and first ma­jor armed con­flict) in ‘The War in the North’ be­tween British Colo­nial sol­diers and Nga¯ puhi forces led by Te Ruki Kaw­iti, with vi­tal sup­port from Hone Heke. The com­mem­o­ra­tion is at Ruapekapek­a Pa on Jan­uary 10, 2021.

“To­gether our two or­gan­i­sa­tions have mapped out a joint path to bet­ter pro­tect and present this spe­cial site to New Zealan­ders and their guests, so they might bet­ter un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate Te Ruapekapek­a,” Louisa Gritt of DOC said.The Pa¯ and bat­tle­field, 14km south-east of Kawakawa, is recog­nised as an his­toric her­itage site, the best pre­served North­ern War site where fea­tures are much as they were al­most 175 years ago.

North­land Inc, the Far North District Coun­cil, NZTA and Her­itage New Zealand con­trib­uted. Iwi and hapu¯ with strong con­nec­tions to Ruapekapek­a in­clude Nga¯ ti Manu, Nga¯ ti Kahukuri (Nga¯ ti Hau), Nga¯ ti Hine, Te Kapotai and Nga¯ puhi Nui Tonu.

PIC­TURE / PIC­TURE / DOC

Te Ruapekapek­a Trust chair­man Al­lan Hal­l­i­day and Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion North­ern North Is­land di­rec­tor man­ager Sue Reed-Thomas greet each other at Satur­day’s sign­ing of the Ruapekapek­a pa¯ and bat­tle­field strat­egy and plan.

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