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[Taylor, Richard], 1805-1873: A crying at Tuware for Te Heuheu. June 1846.
Taylor, Richard, 1805-1873: Sketchbook. 1835-1860. Ref: E-296-q-002-3.
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Kia ora, The Heritage Trust. We need your help please.

Our whanau [extended family or political unit in the Māori culture of New Zealand] have recently had to endure a case where the DOC entered our whenua [land] without permission. It is the old Hipawa landslide site at Waihi, on the southern lake of Taupo, which is designated as an archaeological site. This is the site where Mananui Teheuheu, paramount chief of Tuwharetoa, was killed along with our whanau, in 1846. Over 200 of our dead have lain at the site since 1780.

The DOC drove over the remains of our tupapaku [ancestors] and over our waahi tapu [“A waahi tapu site has been identified by the Iwi or Hapu [peoples] as a place that is spiritually and culturally important.”] as if it was just another property. They pleaded ignorance but this is unacceptable considering they have access to websites such as yours and were told previously not to enter due to the land being waahi tapu. Is this desecration? They did not telephone us or talk to Kaumatua at all before they entered.

What view does The Heritage Trust hold when incidents like this happen.

Rawiri Paurini


Kay Blundell writing in yesterday reports that –
The Historic Places Trust and a Maori wahi tapu trust have strongly opposed the planned Kapiti expressway running through a registered sacred site just north of the Waikanae River.
Presenting its submission to a board of inquiry hearing yesterday, the Historic Places Trust said the proposed McKays Crossing to Peka Peka section of the expressway would physically sever the Takamore wahi tapu (sacred) area between two significant sites: a macrocarpa tree and the Takamore urupa (burial site.) The expressway would also run through a Ngahuruhuru cultivation area and Tukurakau village, said Aleyna Hall, a lawyer acting for the trust. “These sites will be affected by the construction of the expressway. It is very likely archaeological material will be discovered.”
The trust opposed New Zealand Transport Agency consent applications to build the expressway through the wahi tapu area, but supported the rest of the proposed road. “The Takamore wahi tapu area is a major part of the Te Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai ancestral landscape . . . of great significance . . . and national importance to New Zealand’s history and heritage.” Human remains had been found on the western edge of the area. The macrocarpa known as the Maketu was planted on the grave of a Whanganui chief of the same name. A wetland area connecting the tree with the urupa would be destroyed, she said.
Acting for Takamore Trustees, Leo Watson said the trustees accepted the road designation in general, including an alternative access across the Waikanae River, but believed the adverse effects on their cultural wellbeing, ancestral lands and wahi tapu could not be adequately mitigated by NZTA’s proposals. “Takamore Trustees are staggered by [NZTA’s] view that their proposal would enable cultural wellbeing. It has left a sense of cultural alienation,” Mr Watson said.
Full article here.



June 2022
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