Iwi, hapū struggle with demand for school support
Ngāti Naho is a hapū on the northern shores of the Waikato, its rohe includes Rangiriri, tucked between the river and the shallow Lake Waikare. It's also the site of one of the most significant battles of the New Zealand Wars.
The hapū finds itself busier and busier as interest grows about what happened at Rangiriri 158 years ago, when the Crown assaulted the Pā in an act designed to eliminate the Kiingitanga and confiscate more than a million hectares of land.
"There is a lot of demand," said Brad Totorewa, the chief executive of Ngāti Naho kaitiaki. "And there is a requirement for schools as agents of the Crown, Treaty partnerships and all that type of carry on, to work with iwi, mana whenua."
That is welcomed by Totorewa. Rangiriri is a site the Crown tried to forget. In the century since the battle, the scene of significant bloodshed has been turned into farmland and carved out by a motorway.