27 Aug 2009

Differences set aside for marae event

6:46 am on 27 August 2009

The people of Ngati Hamua have set aside a longstanding iwi dispute to celebrate the opening of a new marae at Pahiatua.

Waatea News reports Rangitane and Kahungunu have long argued over who holds sway over the area, even though members of both iwi share closely interlinked whakapapa.

At last month's opening, Ngati Hamua refused to align the mana of Te Kohanga Whakawhaiti o Te Iwi to either.

Kuia Puti Tipene says it's time to put the animosity aside and come together.

She says Ngati Hamua started the marae project almost 30 years ago.