14 Nov 2013

Iwi say true story can now be taught

7:56 am on 14 November 2013

Ngati Rangi in the central North Island says the country can now start teaching the correct story about the historic offer of the kahui maunga (cluster of mountains) in schools.

The Waitangi Tribunal has acknowledged that Maori did not 'nobly gift' the cluster of mountains, including Ruapehu and Tongariro, to the Crown in 1887.

It found the tuku (offer) was actually an offer of joint guardianship of the peaks.

Ngati Rangi spokesman Che Wilson says he was taught the myth about the 'noble gift' and knew it was wrong.

He says it is great to have that formally written down so it can be shared in schools and children can learn the correct story for New Zealand.

Mr Wilson says the tribe will now go through the Tribunal's report in detail.