Commemorations for the battle of Ōrākau

By Wepiha Te Kanawa

As dawn broke on Ōrākau, the cries echoed across the land and 150 years on emotions still run raw.

After three days of warfare and five different British assaults on the pā, the ever famous words "ka whawhai tonu mātou, ake, ake, ake!" were uttered and still resonate with the descendants today.

“The heart still yearns today” said Paraone Gloyne.

As the dust rises and settles from what is now farm land, the Ōrākau Board are making plans to purchase the land from the current land owners and make the Ōrākau rememberance an annual celebration.