Waitangi | Aotearoa New Zealands Cultural and Historical significance
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Waitangi – where it all began.
Waitangi is the motherland of where, NZ as it is known today, began. This is where the Treaty of Waitangi or Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the nations founding document, was signed by Māori cheifs and representatives of the British Crown. The document is a declaration of independence. Difficulty, which continues today, has arisen out of translation issues. The Māori translation was different to that which the English version stipulated.
Waitangi is perhaps the most significant historical site in New Zealand with such rich, fascinating and important history for this remarkable and inspiring country.
Fill your mind with history, connect with the land and stand right where our nations founding story played out. This place is stunning.
Image – Stunning pastel colours, dancing in the sky as the sun rises, at Waitangi
Rangihoua Heritage Park
Rangihoua is a landmark respresenting many firsts for Aotearoa. These historical events and actions arose out of friendship, grace and generousity of Māori Cheif Ruatara, towards Reverand Samuel Marsden.
Rev Samuel arrived to the Bay of Islands as a Christian Missionary and began his work with the nations first Christmas Day service just 3 days after he arrived.
This site was the first settlement where Māori and europeans resided beside one another. This was also the site of the first written te reo Māori (the Māori language) and the first european school.
The Marsden Cross is what stands there today to illustrate the Reverands work there alongside the Māori community. It is surrounded by gorgeous green rolling hills and wonderful views out over the Bay of Islands. Pack a picnic, and your togs! You’ll be all set for a day of exploration.
Image – Glorious blue & green Rangihoua Hertitage Park
Image Credit – Mark Russell
Ruapekapeka Pā is a fascinating historic site and with a pivotal story in Aoteoroa New Zealands history. It was once a Māori fortress built in the 1840s to protect warriors and their families during battles with British colonisers. Ruapekapeka Pā is about a 40min drive south of Paihia.
The pā’s innovative design with a strategic location, to keep people safe, had underground tunnels and chambers. In 1846, a large British force, who’s number largely outweighed the Māori side, attacked the pā and they were able to breach the defences.
Today, Ruapekapeka Pā is a place of cultural significance for the local Māori people. Visiting this site can be a great way to learn about Aoteoroa New Zealand’s colonial past while enjoying the beautiful 360 degree scenery, experience Māori history and connect with Aoteoroa New Zealand’s native culture.
Image – Ruapekapeka Pā site with a Māori pou whenua representing the fighting spirit of the warriors and weapons used
Image Credit – Claudia Babirat
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