'The blood is always there' - 101 years on, Crown to say sorry for invasion of Te Urewera settlement

Rua Kenana's descendants and the Crown have agreed to a historic pardon for the Tuhoe prophet whose Te Urewera settlement was invaded 101 years ago.

The descendants of Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana and the Crown have agreed to a historic pardon. Source: 1 NEWS

A hundred years ago many pakeha saw Rua Kenena's city of god at Maungapohatu as a threat.

Even though he preached equality and pacifism, the prophet was put under police surveillance.

Then in 1916, armed police were sent in, killing two.

"They shot my great grandfather Te Maipi in the back of the head, as well as Rua Kenana's son Toko," researcher Rapata Wiri told 1 NEWS.

Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell was the driving force behind the pardon.

"The people asked if I could do something to rid them of the stigma of the events that happened here," Mr Flavell said.

Rua Kenana's pardon is for the conviction he sustained for moral resistance to arrest.

It'll have to pass through parliament but the legislation will also include a Crown apology and a declaration restoring Rua Kenana's reputation.