Tamihana, a NZ great

Tamahere’s preeminent historical figure, Ngati Haua rangatira Wiremu Tamihana, has again been hailed as one of New Zealand’s greatest figures.

Yesterday, to mark the reprinting of the seminal, 2002 biography by Dame Evelyn Stokes, Wiremu Tamihana Rangatira, historian Vincent O’Malley gave a public lecture at Waikato University.

To a large audience that included many Ngati Haua, O’Malley said the evidence Tamihana was one of the most outstanding people in NZ history was overwhelming.

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Our Wiremu Tamihana NZer of the Year

Tamahere’s first person of historic significance, Wiremu Tamihana, has been chosen as New Zealander of the year … 1863.

The belated recognition of the farsighted Ngati Haua peacemaker, labeled by some as a rebel in his day, comes as the NZ Herald celebrates 150 years of publication.

In a commemorative magazine in today’s NZ Herald, the paper, which has chosen a New Zealander of the Year for many years, uses hindsight to name people it thought should have been rightfully recognised in their day over the last 150 years.

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Settlement addresses injustice

Celebration was the order of the day when Ngati Haua and Crown representatives signed a deed of settlement over historic grievances today at the Te Iti o Haua Marae, Tauwhare.

Attended by King Tuheitia and Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson, the day was recorded in print and on film by the AlJazeera television network, which provided an interesting international perspective of the event and New Zealand’s treaty settlement process.

Many Ngati Haua, King Tuheitia and Minister Finlayson, who is also Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage, also visited the Waitakaruru Sculpture Park for the re-dedication of ‘Absolute Divide’, an artwork which portrays the original boundary line, drawn in 1864 following the land wars, that separated the Waikato and Matamata/Piako districts.

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