Ngāti Naho welcomes all to learn history of Rangiriri
After Ngāti Naho was given back the lion’s share of the land in Rangiriri, they decided to get into tourism to share their local stories of war and confiscation.
Yesterday, they welcomed Manurewa High School, their first large school group, to their new education programme.
Located on State Highway One the locals are encouraging drivers to stop-by and visit the site.
Waikato lands were confiscated in 1863 after the Battle of Rangiriri. Those lands have recently since been returned and has enabled the local iwi to get down to business and establishing businesses of their own.
There's a place to eat-in, a museum which displays the history of the area, along with artefacts - there's also an art store as well.
With the growing call for Māori Land Wars to be included in the national curriculum, schools are invited to visit and learn.
Brad Totorewa of Ngāti Naho says they're happy that they now hold the power to share the narratives passed down through the ages.
“Kua harikoa rawa atu i te mea mei kore ake kua riro mā tauiwi kē ō mātou kōrero e kōrero, ka riro mā iwi kē ō mātou kōrero e kōrero.”
An example of when guardianship and business come together.