The first official event commemorating the NZ Land Wars is underway in Northland, where the first of the conflicts between colonial forces and Māori took place just a few years after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Jared Pitman of Te Puni Kōkiri says the welcoming the mauri to the event, Te Pūtake o Te Riri, to Te Tii Waitangi Marae is quite significant.

“He kaupapa nui mā tātou katoa. Nō reira e haere ana a Te Puni Kōkiri ki te tautoko.”

It's the first of the series of commemorations for the Land Wars which some believe began in the north.

Pita Tipene of Ngāti Hine says from here, the event will travel across the country to give other iwi the chance to commemorate their ancestors who fought in the land wars.

“Tēnei motu o Aotearoa, tēnei motu i whakaritengia ai i runga anō i Te Whakaputanga me Te Tiriti o Waitangi, pakanga atu ngā tūpuna, patere ai te toto, nā me pēhea tātou e a ngā whakamua engari kia kaua tātou e wareware i ēnā momo kōrero.”

The pōwhiri for Te Pūtake o te Riri took place yesterday afternoon, which was the second pōwhiri of the day to welcome the country.

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