Story: Bay of Plenty places

Meeting house, Ruatāhuna

Meeting house, Ruatāhuna

This is an early image of the wharenui (meeting house) named Te Whai-a-te-Motu, meaning ‘the pursuit through the island’. Opened on 11 April 1888 at Ruatāhuna, it commemorates the pursuit of Te Kooti Arikirangi by government forces through the Urewera. It is the place where important tribal issues are discussed. Two sittings of the Waitangi Tribunal hearing for the Urewera district were held there in 2004.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Bay of Plenty places - Inland Urewera', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5737/meeting-house-ruatahuna (accessed 28 February 2020)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Jul 2015