Earthworks allegedly destroy

ancient Far North pā sites

It’s one of Te Hiku o Te Ika’s [the Far North] most significant pā sites, but thanks to recent earthworks, it has now allegedly been destroyed.

Just over two years ago, Valentina Trustees Ltd purchased 70 hectares of land (stretching from the Hihi Peninsula to the west of Taemaro) containing the historical, cultural, political and spiritually significant Puketakahia Pā kainga site on Maunga [Mount] Whakaangi in Takerau Bay.

The maunga is said to hold more than 136 Māori sites of significance for iwi descendants of Muriwhenua and Ngāti Kahu and is the iwi’s pre-eminent mountain.

A number of urupa [burial sites] are also located on and around Whakaangi and are sacred sites for both Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa and Ngāti Kahu.

Link to article: Earthworks allegedly destroy ancient Far North pā sites - NZ Herald


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