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Historic battle site returned to iwi

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/08/2016

The historic site of one of the largest battles of the New Zealand Wars, Rangiriri Pa and Te Wheoro Redoubt, has been returned to iwi ownership.

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry handed over the deed to Maori King Tuheitia at a ceremony in Ngaruawahia on Friday.

It was part of Kiingi Tuheitia's 10th anniversary celebrations.

"Both the pa and redoubt are sites of immense significance for Waikato-Tainui and our shared history as New Zealanders," Ms Barry said.

"This vesting gives us an opportunity to raise awareness of the New Zealand Wars and early conflicts between the Crown and Maori which marked the formation of our nation."

It's reported to be the first land returned to iwi which wasn't part of a treaty settlement.

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