Plan to protect site at Ruapekapeka Pa¯
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.
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.