Govt supports plans to commemorate NZ Land Wars
It's hoped a new fund of $4 million will foster more knowledge and understanding about the NZ Land Wars.
The Minister of Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta has announced the new funding but concedes including the NZ wars in the education curriculum is a work in progress.
But the funding is welcome news to Taranaki iwi who have been financing such commemorations off their own bat.
Mahuta says Te Pūtake o Te Riri will commemorate and celebrate NZ history and is now supported by the government.
"Kia tū he rautaki kia kaua e tū ana tētahi rangi kotahi, me āta whakaarohia ki ngā kaupapa kei waenga i ngā kura, arā, ki ngā kaupapa kia tāpiri atu tēnei pūtea ki ētahi o ngā mahi kei waengnui a ngā iwi e pā ana kia poupoungia ngā hītori o ia rohe."
Hoani Eriwata from Te Āti Awa says Taranaki iwi are pleased with the new money they have long been holding and funding their own commemorations.
"Since 2010, we've been holding our annual commemorations to do with the first Taranaki and British war that started in 1860."
Now they will get financial support and hold a large memorial next year in October.
Teaching the history of the NZ Land Wars in school classrooms is something though that the minister says is a work in progress and there are discussions taking place with iwi.
"Kei raro a rātou nei tutuki kerēme ā rātou nei kokoraho. Kāore e taea te whakamahia hei rauemi mō ngā kura.
"Nō reira kei mua i te aroaro tonu tērā o ngā wawata."
It's the hope of the iwi that was impacted by the land wars that this is the beginning of a process towards understanding for the country and that one day the commemorations can be given as much stature as that of Anzac Day here in New Zealand.