Date: 09 October 2012
Representatives of the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Te Ruapekapeka Trust signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Saturday 6 October 2012 at Whakapara Marae on how they will work together to preserve and protect one of New Zealand’s iconic historic sites – Ruapekapeka Historic Reserve.
“DOC is committed to working with others to create opportunities to celebrate and share our heritage and we are delighted to work together with Te Ruapekapeka Trust in achieving this,” said Acting DOC Conservator Northland, Alistair Drake.
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From left: Alistair Drake (Acting DOC Conservator Northland) Ripeka Taipari (Chair Person) Allan Halliday (Trustee) both of Te Ruapekapeka Trust.
Ruapekapeka Historic Reserve, located approximately 30 minutes north of Whangarei at Towai, was site of the last battle of the Northern Wars in 1845-46 between the British Crown and Māori. Te Ruapekapeka Pā, located on the reserve, has been recognised both nationally and internationally for the superb engineering undertaken by Māori in the design of its rifle trenches, bunkers, tunnels, and stockades as a response to British firepower.
Te Ruapekapeka Trust Interim Chairperson Mrs Ripeka Taipari noted that the design of the pā was “our tupuna/ancestor’s ingenious indigenous response to European firepower.” Mrs Taipari further noted “The signing of the MOU with DOC is the culmination of many years work by many people some of whom are now no longer with us, and I would like to pay tribute to all those who have contributed.”
Following the signing of the MOU Te Ruapekapeka Trust also held their AGM.