15 Jul 2010

Taranaki land wars exhibition draws to close

6:32 pm on 15 July 2010

More than 20,000 people have visited an exhibition at New Plymouth's Puke Ariki museum marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Taranaki land wars.

The exhibition is now drawing to a close.

The museum's iwi liaison, Jocelyn Millard of Ngati Maruwharanui, told Waatea News that many Taranaki residents say it's the first time they have been able to understand issues like the perpetual leases which replaced the initial post-war land confiscations.

As well as fixed exhibits, she says the "Our Legacy, Our Challenge" show included about 40 public events.

The Taranaki War 1860-2010 exhibition ends on 1 August.