Haere mai ki Ma­ni­aiti

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‘ It has al­ways been im­por­tant to Rereahu that our his­tory and reo is main­tained and en­hanced not only for this gen­er­a­tion, but for gen­er­a­tions to come. ’

TE MARU O REREAHU IWI TRUST CHAIR­MAN ERIC CROWN

Māori place names have been re­stored to the small cen­tral North Is­land town of Ben­ney­dale, and a nearby stretch of the North Is­land Main Trunk rail­way.

Min­is­ter for Land In­for­ma­tion Eu­ge­nie Sage an­nounced last week that Ben­ney­dale has been changed to a dual name, Ma­ni­aiti/ Ben­ney­dale, and the main trunk rail­way be­tween Te Awa­mutu and Tau­marunui, is now named Te Ara-o-Tū rongo fol­low­ing a re­quest from Ngāti Ma­niapoto.

“I am pleased to re­store of­fi­cial place names which bring to light our his­tory for ev­ery­one to cel­e­brate and en­joy,” said the min­is­ter.

“I ac­cepted the rec­om­men­da­tion of the New Zealand Geo­graphic Board that there be the dual name Ma­ni­aiti/Ben­ney­dale in recog­ni­tion of the unique his­to­ries of both names.

“The orig­i­nal Māori name, Ma­ni­aiti, has been main­tained through oral tra­di­tion for the land on which the town lies and for the hill nearby.

“The name means a small slide or slip.”

Ben­ney­dale, home to nearly 200 peo­ple, was es­tab­lished around 1940 to house work­ers min­ing coal dis­cov­ered in the area.

The name is a com­bi­na­tion of the sur­names of then Un­der-Sec­re­tary for Mines, Char­lie Ben­ney, and Mine Su­per­in­ten­dent, Tom Dale.

In 1885 Nga¯ ti Ma­niapoto lead­ers gave land to the Crown to be used for the con­struc­tion of the rail­way on Pre­mier Robert Stout’s as­sur­ance that the sec­tion run­ning through the district would be called Tū rongo, a sig­nif­i­cant tupuna (an­ces­tor) of many Tainui groups.

The name Te Ara-o-Tū rongo means the track of Tū rongo or Tū rongo’s path­way.

Both name changes follow pro­pos­als to the New Zealand Geo­graphic Board Ngaā Pou Tau­naha o Aotearoa by Te Arawhiti — the Of­fice of Māori Crown Re­la­tions (for­merly Of­fice of Treaty Set­tle­ments), on be­half of Treaty claimants Ngāti Ma­niapoto.

Ngāti Ma­niapoto and Ngāti Rereahu share mana whenua over this area.

says Rereahu are very happy to hear that the New Zealand Geo­graphic Board has ac­cepted our his­tor­i­cal record and the Min­is­ter has cho­sen to ac­knowl­edge the dual name of Ma­ni­aiti/Ben­ney­dale.

“It has al­ways been im­por­tant to Rereahu that our his­tory and reo is main­tained and en­hanced not only for this gen­er­a­tion, but for gen­er­a­tions to come,” said Eric.

“This ac­knowl­edge­ment will not only al­low a more com­plete un­der­stand­ing of our Rereahu Iwi his­tory in the area but will also be an em­bod­i­ment of the du­al­ity en­vis­aged in the Treaty of Wai­tangi.”

Ma­niapoto Māori Trust Board chair­man, R Ti­wha Bell, said recog­ni­tion of the orig­i­nal name Ma­ni­aiti re­flects the wishes of kaumā tua of Ngāti Rereahu, who sought this outcome as part of the Treaty set­tle­ment ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Crown.

“We are pleased their wishes have been achieved.”

Photo / Wait­omo News

Ma­ni­aiti/Ben­ney­dale in the cen­tre of the King Coun­try — recog­ni­tion of the Ma¯ ori place name Ma­ni­aiti for the land where the vil­lage was es­tab­lished and the hills seen be­hind.

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