20.05.15 – Question 11: Barbara Kuriger to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations:
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20.05.15 – Question 11: Barbara Kuriger to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations:

November 27, 2019


Mr SPEAKER: Question
No 11, Barbara Kuriger. BARBARA KURIGER (National—
Taranaki – King Country) to the Minister for Treaty
of Waitangi Negotiations: What has the Government
done to protect the site of one of the most significant
battles in the NZ Wars? Hon CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON (Minister for Treaty of
Waitangi Negotiations): I am pleased to advise that
the Government has purchased the property where the
Battle of Ōrākau took place. The battle, in which 300
Māori defenders faced 1,500 Crown troops, is
considered by many to be the decisive battle of the
NZ Wars. Māori sustained heavy casualties and
the Crown subsequently confiscated the land. The property is going to
be held in the land bank in the Office of
Treaty Settlements while the Government
engages with relevant iwi about future
possibilities for the site. Barbara Kuriger: Why was it
important for the Government to purchase the
Battle of Ōrākau site? Hon CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON:
The Government has been very keen to purchase this
site for a number of years, as it is of great significance
to several iwi and to NZ’s history. The opportunity recently
arose for the Government to carry out the purchase
when the owners of the property offered to sell it. The site
contains the remains of Māori who were killed during the
battle and buried where they lay. It has been recorded by
Heritage NZ as a wāhi tapu area, and the Crown and iwi agree
that only certain uses of the property are going to
be appropriate in the future. Mr SPEAKER: Question No 12. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

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