Tēnā koutou e te whānau whānui.

The Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust is conducting a hikoi to Ngātapa Pā on January 6th to commemorate the 1869 siege of Ngātapa. This significant event speaks to our tumultuous history through the East Coast Land Wars and is the first time we have organised such an event to the site of the siege.

If you wish to participate, please consider the information below:

  • The hikoi will be difficult, we will be walking up steep hills, across farm land. This requires some level of physical ability. Whānau please appreciate your limits and consider this before registrering to participate.

  • It is your responsibility to check with your medical provider to ensure that you are safe to participate and have all the necessary medication throughout the hikoi. Those with physical challenges and/or heart/respiratory/chronic conditions are responsible for their participation.

  • Please ensure that you bring the appropriate gear to support you – i.e appropriate footwear, hat, water bottle etc.

  • The level of difficulty is medium to hard and will take approximately 1.5 hours to reach the summit.

  • Kai will be provided for all participants, once the hikoi is finished.

  • Due to the summer heat, we will be kicking off the hikoi at 5:00am. We will all meet at the Manutūkē post office for karakia and will head to the Ngātapa Pā site together.

  • Event will be cancelled in the event of bad weather, Panui will be posted on social media and website to let participants know of any changes.

  • Please arrange your own transport to the site.

  • Spaces are limited and so you must register by sending an email to communications@rongowhakaata.iwi.nz – We will require information such as – full name, age and an indication of any medical conditons. Registrations will close on MONDAY 4th JANUARY 2021. The finalised schedule will be sent to those who register.

The Siege of Ngātapa

“The scale of the systematic killing at Ngātapa represents one of the worst abuses of law and human rights in New Zealand’s colonial history. 43 per cent of the adult male population of Tūranga, were killed in armed conflict with the Crown. This is an extraordinary level of loss for any community anywhere. It is believed to be the highest casualty rate suffered by Māori in any region in New Zealand during the land wars.” – An excerpt from the Rongowhakaata Treaty Claim.