Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei commemorate signing of Treaty of Waitangi
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Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei commemorate signing of Treaty of Waitangi

February 11, 2020


Did you know on this day,
178 years ago, the Treaty of Waitangi
was signed in Auckland. Apihai Te Kawau signed the document
on behalf of Ngati Whatua Orakei, heralding the development
of Auckland as the country’s biggest city. Te Rina Kowhai reports. A day to celebrate the work
of their forebears. It’s a day to remember
when Apihai Te Kawau allocated our land
to those from England who came here to settle in hope
to walk together into the future. A day of remembrance
for Ngati Whatua Orakei, as well as acknowledging
their union with the Crown which was initiated 178 years ago. Apihai Te Kawau was the chief
that led the tribe during this time when the tribe owned
about 80,000 acres of land prior to signing the treaty. From having nothing to now? Hawke says the tribe
want to strive for excellence in everything they do. No doubt we will keep
seeing the fruition of their work. Te Rina Kowhai, Te Karere.

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