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Kororipo Pā

Atareiria, Pouarahi Tuakana Senior Māori Heritage Advisor for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga in Te Tai Tokerau, along with two of her mokopuna, Alphonso and Levi, welcome us to Kororipo Pā. Atareiria explains the importance of this heritage place from a whakapapa perspective.

  • What iwi is Kororipo associated with?

  • What was the name of the rangatira (chief) who brought missionary Samuel Marsden to start a mission station at this location?

  • What is the whakapapa of your heritage? How are the stories of that family history kept alive?

Connecting with heritage places

Kerikeri is home to two of Aotearoa New Zealand's oldest standing buildings, the Stone Store and Mission House (also known as Kemp House). It is a significant place for all of Aotearoa and a popular destination for travellers not only from these shores but from overseas too. The buildings act like a museum, showcasing original artefacts and displays to inform visitors of a past which has played an important role in shaping present day Aotearoa New Zealand. The Stone Store continues to operate as a store today, selling goods reflecting the history of this place.

  • When do these two buildings date back to?

  • What is the value in visiting a heritage place like this?

  • What heritage places near you can you visit to learn about the past?

Taonga in Kemp House

Among the many taonga items you can see on display in Kemp House, are two old slates that were used when there was a school here. But there is more than just the age of these taonga items that make them so special. Millie from Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga explains. NB: Rongo's slate has recognition by the UNESCO Aotearoa New Zealand Register of the Memory of the World, not World Heritage status.

  • Who was Rongo?

  • What is special about these slates?

  • Is there a taonga item, artefact, or family heirloom that is special to your whānau? Why is it special? What story does it tell?

Māngungu and the signing of Te Tiriti

Māngungu Mission is a nationally significant place. It was where the largest ever signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi took place. On February 12, 1840, a crowd of nearly 3000, representing many different hapū within Ngāpuhi, watched over 60 rangatira sign the document. So, what does this location mean for people, both locally and nationally, and both historically and today going forward?

  • What was it about this location at the time that enabled such a large gathering to take place?

  • What were the things Mita describes that Māori were talking about and looking for in 1840, when this third signing of the Treaty took place?

Māngungu Mission Station

Behind every heritage location are the stories which help to give these places life today and which provide valuable learning tools for visitors. But how do we create accurate pictures of the past, where often the remains are scattered or even hidden?

  • What does an archaeologist do to build up information about historic places such as Māngungu Mission?

  • What would archaeologists uncover about your life 200 years from now and how would they describe your way of life?

Te Waimate

We meet up again with Atareiria, Pouarahi Tuakana Senior Māori Heritage Advisor, at Te Waimate. There is an old mission house here, the last remaining building of what was once a small mission farming village. But history goes far beyond these early European arrivals here. Atareiria's whakapapa extends to Te Waimate; she shares some of the kōrero about this whenua and the people connected to it.

  • What does Atareiria mean when she speaks about "the conquest of this whenua by his (Atareiria's great great grandfather) tūpuna, Auha" (Hongi Hika's grandfather)?

  • Why do you think Hongi Hika invited Samuel Marsden to Te Waimate to look at land for a mission station?

Early farming at Te Waimate

Te Waimate farm was established within an existing landscape of food and farming that Māori had been developing for centuries. The missionaries set up a village modelled on their England homeland and imported a wide range of plants, which they then had to learn how to grow in a land that was new to them. Alex from Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga explains.

  • What facilities and workshops were part of Te Waimate Mission village?

  • Are there any traditional family foods grown at your place? If not grown, what traditional meals do you sometimes have at home? Where do these ingredients come from? Are they grown locally or imported? What do you know about the history of these food items?