22 Mar 2011

Iwi commemorates ancestors held prisoner in land wars

2:43 pm on 22 March 2011

A South Taranaki iwi was unveiling a kohatu (memorial stone) in Otago to honour ancestors held prisoner there during the land wars in the 19th century.

Ngati Ruanui chair Ngapari Nui says the group was taken there in 1869 after the end of the war against Titokowaru's forces.

He told Waatea News that while attention has been given to a group of prisoners taken south after the invasion of Parihaka a decade later, his iwi needs to remember its own, including those who never returned.

Ngapari Nui says some of the Ngati Ruanui ancestors were arrested for a second time at Parihaka and again sent south.