14 Sep 2019

Nika Rua - The pardoning of Rua Kenana

From Saturday Morning, 8:50 am on 14 September 2019
Nika Rua

Nika Rua Photo: supplied

The first reading of the Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was passed in parliament this week, with his descendants looking on from the public gallery.

His great great grandson Nika Rua was there. He's the project manager of the trust working to seek the pardon for the Tūhoe prophet and pacifist who was wrongfully arrested and jailed after government forces invaded his community at Maungapōhatu in 1916, killing 2 people including Mr Kēnana's son.

Kim asked Nika what the pardon means for his whānau and community and about plans to revitalise Maungapōhatu.