The 2019 national commemorations and conversations about the New Zealand Wars, held in Taranaki 28-30 October 2019.
“This kaupapa is one opportunity of many for us to connect through our collective history and begin having those meaningful, open and honest conversations with one another so that we can move forward together.” - Dr Ruakere Hond
“We have a unique opportunity to build nationhood and pride through a better understanding of our history. You can be part of celebrating mātauranga, and building strong relationships in communities, for the benefit of our country and our people.” - Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta
(above) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holds the raukura that was gifted to her during the challenge on first day of the Te Pūtake o Te Riri commemorations. Photo - Glenn Jeffrey/Stuff
Monday 28th October 2019
A spine-tingling greeting for Jacinda Ardern as Land Wars commemorations begin
by Leighton Keith, 28th October 2019
Thousands of people huddled out of heavy rain at Waitara's Owae Marae on Monday as guests including government ministers, iwi leaders from around the country and Taranaki local government members gathered for Te Pūtake o Te Riri.
Waitara hosts Te Pūtake o Te Riri
by Te Karere TVNZ, 28th October 2019
Today, the national land wars commemorations took place in Waitara at the second Te Pūtake o Te Riri event. It's an acknowledgement of Taranaki land conflicts that took place 160 years ago. Reporter Hania Douglas was on the ground and filed this report.
NZ Herald: 'Time to understand our history' as New Zealand Wars remembered in Taranaki
by NZ Herald, 28th October 2019
Kelvin Davis: "We commemorate wars New Zealanders fought in overseas, and it's only appropriate to do the same for wars fought in New Zealand."
Te Pūtake o te Riri: Fierce welcome for Ardern and Māori ministers
RNZ Te Ao Maori 28th October 2019
Hundreds of Māori toa, warriors, have given Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Māori ministers a fierce welcome to Ōwae Marae in Waitara for the commemorations of the New Zealand Land Wars.
NZ Wars: Stories of Waitara (Documentary) [ PG ]
Video Documentary by RNZ (44 mins)
released at Te Pūtake o Te Riri 28th October 2019
"NZ Wars: Stories of Waitara" combines oral histories, state of the art animations and powerful dramatic re-enactments to bring to life the narratives of Te Ātiawa in their epic battle against the military might of the British Empire.
RNZ Page - NZ Wars: Stories of Waitara
The second epic chapter in the award winning NZ Wars Series. Presented by Mihingarangi Forbes. Made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund.
Extended Interviews - Stories of Waitara
A series of extended Interviews with tribal historians Dr Ruakere Hond, Hēmi Sundgren and Rāwiri Doorbar. Also, acclaimed historian Dr Vincent O’Malley.
Forum Speakers and Launch of Documentary - Te Korimako O Taranaki Live Stream
afternoon of 28th October 2019
(2hrs 38 mins) An overview of Te Pūtake o Te Riri and Launch of Documentary featuring Master of Ceremonies Damon Ritai and speakers Ruakere Hond, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Taranaki Historian Kelvin Day, Hon Kelvin Davis, Radio NZ Chairman Jim Mather and Producer Mahanga Pihama.
Te Pūtake o Te Riri ki Taranaki - Evening Forum Panel on Maori Television
A two hour live show, hosted by Julian Wilcox, commemorating the New Zealand Land Wars.
featuring panelists Rawiri Doorbar, Jamie Tuuta, Tamzyn Pue, Leonie Pihama, Peter Moeahu, Mary Bourke, Meng Foon, Te Ururoa Flavell, and Andrew Judd
Tuesday 29th October 2019
Te Pūtake o Te Riri continues in Waitara
(audio) RNZ Morning Report, 29th October 2019
A dawn service is underway at the pā on the outskirts of Waitara where the first shots of the New Zealand wars were fired in 1860.
Fallen Māori and Pākehā remembered at Te Pūtake o te Riri ki Taranaki
by Te Karere TVNZ, 29th October 2019
The national land wars commemorations continue in Waitara. Waitara is where war between iwi and the Crown first broke out nearly 160-years-ago. And as Hania Douglas reports, today was dedicated to those who lost their lives during this conflict.
Te Pūtake o te Riri: Dawn service at Te Kohia Pa
by Robin Martin, RNZ Te Manu Korihi 29th October 2019
Hoani Eriwata: "The younger generation need to learn this, we all need to learn this, and understand it and with it, hopefully, there will be some reconciliation."
Stories shared on day two of Land Wars commemorations
by Christina Persico, Taranaki Daily News, 29 October 2019
Members of Pukerangiora Hapū told stories of the pā site on Waitara Rd, including the still-visible saps (covered trenches) which had been built by approaching forces.
NZ Wars: Tears shed, hopes shared at Te Pūtake o Te Riri
by RNZ, 28th October 2019
Tears have been shed, hymns sung and hopes for the future expressed at the second day of Te Pūtake o Te Riri - the New Zealand Wars commemorations in Taranaki.
Te Pūtake o te Riri: Emotions run high on second day of commemorations
by Robin Martin, RNZ Te Manu Korihi 29th October 2019
Buses ferried Te Pūtake o te Riri participants to notable battle sites this afternoon, including Pukerangiora where the First Taranaki War ground to a stalemate in 1861.
Local Forum Speakers - Te Korimako O Taranaki Live Stream
(2hrs, 28mins) recorded live on evening of 29th October 2019
Te Pūtake o Te Riri ki Taranaki Local Forum Speakers held at Ōwae/Manukorihi Marae, Whaitara. Speakers were Master of Ceremonies Damon Ritai with speakers Mawhaturia White, Puna Wano Bryant, Will Edwards, Te Waka McLeod, and Liana Poutu.
Wednesday 30th October 2019
Closing Speeches Te Korimako o Taranaki Live Stream
Te Korimako o Taranaki, 30 October 2019
The closing comments of Te Pūtake o Te Riri ki Taranaki held at Ōwae/Manukorihi marae, Whaitara featuring Master of Ceremonies Damon Ritai, Kawhia Muurahi, Kerena Wano, Heemi Sundgren, TPK Diane Grennell, Alistair Reece, Wharehoka Wano, Ruakere Hond, Kingi Kiriona and Hoani Eriwata.
Lifting of the Mauri Te Korimako o Taranaki Live Stream
Te Korimako o Taranaki, 30 October 2019
The lifting of the mauri ceremony by Waikato at Te Pūtake o Te Riri ki Taranaki commemoration concluding the 4-day event at Ōwae/Manukorihi Marae, Whaitara.
Te Pūtake o Te Riri commemorations over for another year, discussions continue
by Te Karere TVNZ, 30th October 2019
This year’s Te Pūtake o Te Riri land wars commemorations may have ended today but discussion about these events carries on. Reporter Hania Douglas spoke to teachers and students who say they're excited that the topic is more accessible and look forward to its addition to the NZ school curriculum.
All New Zealanders can play a role in growing knowledge of nation's own history
by Deena Coster, Taranaki Daily News, 1st November 2019
Deena Coster: "As the kōrero and resources about the nation's land wars continues to grow, aided by this week's release of the NZ Wars: Stories of Waitara documentary, there will remain little excuse to remain ignorant of the country's past. It can start by just being open to listening to the different stories, acknowledging the pain of the past and acknowledging its ties to the present. Your gift could then be to share that newfound knowledge and understanding with your own tamariki or whānau."
News Diary and Resources for Conversations
Knowledge and understanding of NZ wars and the pathway to reconciliation
by Deena Coster, Taranaki Daily News 26th October 2019
Tiri Porter of Manukorihi hapū: "... the first thing is to listen."
Hundreds expected at Taranaki land war commemorations
by Deena Coster, Taranaki Daily News, 22nd October 2019
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will be among those attending Monday's commemorations at Owae Marae as part of Te Pūtake o Te Riri.
NZ Wars: Stories of Waitara - Launching 28th October
by RNZ, 20th October 2019
"NZ Wars: Stories of Waitara" will be launched on October 28th at Ōwae Marae in Taranaki in conjunction with Te Pūtake o Te Riri commemorations. combines oral histories, state of the art animations and powerful dramatic re-enactments to bring to life the narratives of Te Ātiawa in their epic battle against the military might of the British Empire.
Remembering the New Zealand Wars and the work yet to be done
by vivian Hutchinson, The Spinoff, 17 October 2019 PDF version
The national organisers say that Te Pūtake o Te Riri is a messenger whose task is “to awaken the memory and conscience of a sleeping nation”. This is an awakening that will also transform our collective identity – our fundamental sense of citizenship – as we start to come to terms with who we think we are, and who we want to be.
"This land is your land. This land is my land?"
Wayne Morris Exhibition at Koru on Devon Gallery on 89 Devon St West, New Plymouth
The mutual recognition and understanding of our shared history is a foundation from which we can hope to move forward together.
Rediscovering Aotearoa - a decolonisation series
by Re: (TVNZ) 22nd October 2019
Rediscovering Aotearoa is an 8-part bilingual short documentary, podcast and article series by TVNZ's Re: that travels Aotearoa meeting young Kiwis as they discuss the impacts of colonisation today, modern race relations and how they are decolonising themselves. Each episode looks at a different kaupapa from the lens of a young person who is Māori and a young person who is tauiwi, delving into the Māori and non-Māori world views around Taiao (Nature), Reo (Language), Takatāpui (LGBTQIA+), Mātauranga (Knowledge), Hauora (Health), Whānau (Family), Aroha (Love) and Manatika (Justice).
Land of the Long White Cloud series: Pākehā New Zealanders reflect on their colonial past and future.
(video series) New Zealand Herald and Mint Suite, nzherald.co.nz October 2019
Pākehā New Zealanders need to take their colonial guilt and turn it into action, say subjects in a new online video series Land of the Long White Cloud. A range of Pākehā share their experiences and insights in the seven-part series, funded by NZ On Air and screening on nzherald.co.nz.
1. Cook's Legacy (introduction)
2. Recognising Racism (with former New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd)
3. Inheriting Privilege (with treaty educator Jen Margaret)
4. Pākehā paralysis (with te reo Māori advocate Alex Hotere-Barnes)
5. Confronting Colonisation (with activists Zeb Schrader and Ensai August)
6. Connecting to Aotearoa (with elder Juliet Batten)
7. Cook Thinks Again (with Director Jo Randerson and actor Tom Clarke)
Paying For Our Pakeha "Guilt" And "Privilege".
by Chris Trotter, Bowalley Road, 22nd October 2019
Trotter: "Rather than apportion guilt, would it not have been wiser for the makers of Land Of The Long White Cloud to accept that the Pakeha of 2019 are not – and never will be – “Europeans”? Just as contemporary Maori are not – and can never be again – the Maori who inhabited these islands before Cook’s arrival. Is it not the case that both peoples are victims of historical forces too vast for blame, too permanent for guilt?"
(video) by Kahu Kutia, animation by Dan Mace, RNZ, 21st October 2019
When the British colonised Aotearoa, Māori suffered - and the ramifications continue today. But can you reverse colonisation?
Dr Ruakere Hond
Dr Vincent O'Malley
Race Relations Conciliator wants more recognition of the NZ Land Wars
by Regan Paranihi, Te Ao Maori News, 15th October 2019
Race Relations Commissioner, Meng Foon is calling on the Government to implement a paid day of commemorations to acknowledge the New Zealand Land Wars.
Marae accommodation in high demand ahead of land war commemorations
by Deena Coster, Taranaki Daily News 3rd October 2019
Marae accommodation in north Taranaki will be at capacity ahead of a national event to remember the country's land war history. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event from around the country and the commemorations are free and open to the public.
Keeping it Reo, interview with Gareth Ashton Kahui 18th October 2019
Gareth Ashton Kahui with Dr. Ruakere Hond speaking on Te Pūtake o te Riri
Waitara battle sites focus of land wars commemoration
Radio New Zealand 29 September 2019
Dr Ruakere Hond : "Te Pūtake o te Riri is really about raising our critical awareness, and for all of us to start talking constructively with each other about our shared history. This kaupapa is one opportunity of many for us to connect through our collective history and begin having those meaningful, open and honest conversations with one another so that we can move forward together."
Dr Ruakere Hond Te Putake o te Riri Taranaki Coordinator
(audio) on Waatea Radio with Dale Husband
With five weeks to go, preparations are in full swing to host a national initiative, Te Putake o te Riri, He Ra Maumahara, to commemorate the New Zealand land wars in Taranaki.
Taranaki to host 2019 national commemoration of NZ land wars
by Deena Coster, Taranaki Daily News 1st October 2019
The Taranaki commemorations will include a series of wānanga (lessons) about the land wars as well as visits to sites of significance, including Te Kōhia and Pukerangiora pā. An education programme for students will also run alongside the main schedule and all primary and secondary schools in the region have been invited to take part.
Te Pūtake o te Riri | Wars and Conflicts in New Zealand Fund
Te Puni Kokiri website, detailing events and initiatives to commemorate the New Zealand Wars.
Govt invests in raising awareness of NZ wars
Radio New Zealand 2nd September 2018
The government has set aside $4 million over the next four years to help raise awareness around the history of the New Zealand Wars.
Leading historian Vincent O’Malley discusses The New Zealand Wars
(audio 50mins) RNZ Te Ao Maori 27th October 2019
Vincent O'Malley Interview at Te Papa with Mihingarangi Forbes.
An overarching theme of all the conflicts was a tension between increasing crown assertions of unbridled sovereignty and Maori expectations of continuing chiefly authority.And at their core, a lot of these conflicts raise the same question, whose will was going to prevail? And that was bigger than a question of land ownership.
A mature nation owns its history - the good and the bad
by Dr Vincent O'Malley, Stuff 6th August 2018
Reconciling ourselves to the history of this land – finding a place to stand – is not just about supporting the settlement of historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. That's part of the story but not the whole solution. It's about ordinary New Zealanders taking the time to acknowledge and even own this history. Learn about it, respect it, pass it on, make sure your children and their children learn these stories too.
RNZ Insight: NZ Wars - A Day to Remember?
(audio 27 mins) by Shannon Haunui-Thompson, Te Manu Korihi Editor
The arguments for a national day to commemorate the New Zealand wars are strong, but each iwi also has its own strong case for holding it on a separate date which means something to them. Many believe that for a true process of education, reconciliation and healing, the larger national day has to prevail.
NZ Wars Commemoration from Re: (October 2017)
A student-led petition that got over 13,000 signatures resulted in a national day of commemoration that will be recognised for the first time on October 28th