Takapuneke Historic Reserve created   6 Feb 2010

Press Release - Christchurch City Council

Takapuneke Historic Reserve created

A blessing ceremony was held today to celebrate the creation of the new Takapuneke Historic Reserve in Akaroa.

The ceremony marks the return of historically significant land back to the nation in the form of an historic reserve.

Speaking in Maori, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said: “I gave an oath to return Takapuneke back to the people of this land. My heart is full of joy as my promise is now fulfilled.”

“To whom much is given, much is required,” said Mr Parker following the blessing.

The blessing ceremony held at 10am this morning was solemn and moving as the people remembered the events that made Takapuneke so sacred.

Takapuneke, also known as Greens Point, is the site of deep cultural significance for local iwi. It was here in 1830 that chief Ngai Tahu ariki Te Maiharanui was captured by a rival iwi and 150 of his people were killed in the ensuing massacre. Te Maiharanui and his wife were taken to Wellington where they were killed.

“The return of Takapuneke symbolises the return of the mana to the people of this portion of land. This is also the time to make right all wrongs of the past.” Mr Parker said. The Mayor also commended former members of the Banks Peninsula District Council who were involved over many years in moving Takapuneke to its historic designation.

Upoko of Onuku Runanga George Tikao says: "This is the celebration of the return of historically significant land back to the nation in the form of an historic reserve."

"We would like to thank all of those who have worked tirelessly for many years now to have the site of Takapuneke acknowledged and protected for future generations," he said.

The Onuku Runanga commemorates Waitangi Day tomorrow (Waitangi Day)by hosting Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English at Onuku Marae, Akaroa.

ENDS

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