Street flags sig­nal Ra¯ Mauma­hara

For­mal ser­vice planned

Waipa Post - - Front Page -

Waipa ’s cen­tral role in the New Zealand Land Wars will be back un­der the na­tional spot­light this month with prepa­ra­tions now well un­der­way for a for­mal com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vice.

Nga Iwi Topu o Waipa and Waipa Dis­trict Coun­cil will jointly host a ser­vice on Ra Mauma­hara Na­tional Day of Com­mem­o­ra­tion on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28.

On this date in 1835, the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence of New Zealand (He Whaka­putanga o te Ran­gati­ratanga o Nu Tirene) was signed.

Ra Mauma­hara was na­tion­ally recog­nised for the first time last year to mark the New Zealand Land Wars which took an es­ti­mated 2750 lives.

Armed con­flict was rife in Waipa, with lo­cal bat­tle sites in­clud­ing Ran­giaowhia, Wa­iari, Pat­erangi, Hairini and the Bat­tle of O ra kau.

Last year Waipa Dis­trict Coun­cil, which has long ad­vo­cated for greater pub­lic recog­ni­tion of the Land Wars, was the only coun­cil in New Zealand to sup­port a pub­lic event.

In June 2017 coun­cil signed off on a $7.2 mil­lion spend for Te Ara Wai, a new dis­cov­ery cen­tre for the dis­trict to be based in Te Awa­mutu. It will have a strong fo­cus on New Zealand Land Wars and link to the dis­trict’s lo­cal bat­tle sites.

Mayor Jim Mylchreest says this year’s com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vice will con­tinue to for­mally recog­nise and ac­knowl­edge the dis­trict’s re­spect for the role Waipa¯ played in New Zealand’s her­itage.

A for­mal ser­vice will be held in Ki­hik­ihi at the Rewi Ma­niapoto Me­mo­rial on the cor­ner of Lyon and Whit­more Streets at 10am.

“Every­body is very wel­come to at­tend and to pay their re­spects to those who died on both sides of the con­flict,” says Jim. “This is an im­por­tant day of re­flec­tion, par­tic­u­larly for Waipa¯ , and it is im­por­tant we take some time to re­ally think about our dis­trict’s her­itage.”

This week, to in­crease recog­ni­tion of Waipa¯’s her­itage, the Coun­cil be­gan fly­ing street flags through­out the dis­trict, com­mem­o­rat­ing the New Zealand Land Wars.

Photo / Dean Tay­lor

One of the new street flags to com­mem­o­rate the Land Wars flies near the Rewi Ma­niapoto Me­mo­rial where the Waipa¯ Ra¯ Mauma­hara Na­tional Day of Com­mem­o­ra­tion will take place this Sun­day.

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