I am pleased to be able to report to you that the Waitangi Tribunal has finally released its interim decision on the Mangatu Remedies Inquiry.
It marks 100 years to the day since part of the battalion stepped ashore in Gisborne to a huge welcome home referred to as the Hui Aroha.
It is now 100 years since the Wi Pere Memorial monument on Gisborne’s Reads Quay was unveiled, on the return of the Maori Pioneer Battalion from World War 1. Both events will be commemorated next Saturday. The Wi Pere Trust shares an insight into the life of their ancestor and celebrated Maori leader.
Bay of Plenty’s Apata Group has started its $39 million development on 76 hectares of land on Tiniroto Road, west of the Waipaoa Bridge roundabout.
The Group bought the land from the Wi Pere Trust.
About 70 people visited Rongopai Marae and Wi Pere Trust lands on Saturday as part of a tour organised by Historic Places Tairawhiti.
Rongopai Marae was built at Waituhi in 1887, one of four built in preparation for the return to the district of Maori leader Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki, founder of the Ringatu faith.