Commemorations for the 152nd anniversary of the Te Kupenga Pā battle are underway today in the Bay of Plenty settlement of Te Teko.
On 20 October 1865, Crown forces defeated Ngāti Awa soldiers at Te Kupenga Pā, which resulted in large scale land confiscation.
The commemorations began with a dawn ceremony this morning followed by a powhiri for the Kingitanga, dignitaries, special guests and iwi from across Aotearoa.
Te Kupenga heritage committee spokesperson Hakahaka Hona said many locals didn't even know the battle site even existed.
"It's been a farm since it was lost in the confiscation and the people, my own grandparents didn't even know it was in the back there."
He said the commemoration was a significant event for the people of Ngāti Awa, Rangitaiki and Te Teko.
"It's giving our people back our pride that was once there, it's a powerful history... it was central place for the region, it was a busy place."