25 Jan 2012

Size of wahi tapu site at Waikanae doubled

7:22 pm on 25 January 2012

The Historic Places Trust says its decision to double the size of a wahi tapu (sacred) site at Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast, reflects the historical and cultural significance of the area.

Early last year the Takamore Trust which is responsible for protecting the urupa (cemetery) and land which includes an historical battle ground, asked for a review of the sites.

The Historic Places Trust has agreed to extend the wahi tapu area which will now include sacred sites which weren't known about, or clearly marked, when the initial area was registered 15 years ago.

The Kaihauta, Te Kenehi Teira, says it's important the many layers of Maori history in Waikanae, are protected for current and future generations.