15 Jul 2014

Landowners want history kept alive

8:08 am on 15 July 2014

A Taranaki Maori landowner of an award-winning farm wants tribal descendants to know about the land's history, not just its success.

Te Rua o te Moko farm near Hawera won this year's Ahuwhenua Trophy recognising Maori excellence in farming.

The farm is made of four land blocks, one of which was confiscated by the Crown in 1863 and is being held in a land bank. It is due to be given back as part of the Ngaruahinerangi iwi Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

Te Rua o te Moko spokesperson Mahuru Robinson said the farm is a commercially viable enterprise that can generate financial wealth, but he wants the next generation to also learn about its history.

He said discussion still needs to be held about the wrongful taking of that whenua and what can be done to rectify it.