14 Jul 2011

Iwi considering returning to Mt Tarawera

6:35 am on 14 July 2011

An iwi in Te Arawa is considering returning to its home turf beneath Mount Tarawera, which erupted 125 years ago and killed more than 100 people.

Tūhourangi was forced to evacuate after the disaster, forcing a majority of the tribe to move to Whakarewarewa Village.

Tūhourangi Tribal Authority chairperson John Waaka, says elders have raised the idea for the people to return home.

He says talks have included an option to build a Marae on land returned in the Iwi's treaty settlement.

Mr Waaka says the tribe has put in a bid with the Department of Conservation to lease a cottage at Tarawera Landing Scenic Reserve.

The volcano is now dormant, but is still classed by GNS Science as active.