For the first time ever, a bilingual Māori-English novel has been produced. Written by renowned author Witi Ihimaera and translated by AUT lecturer Hemi Kelly, Sleeps Standing Moetu is based at the time of NZ Wars and explores the Battle of Ōrākau through the eyes of 16-year old Moetu.
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John Key's government has made a significant move toward memorialising the Land Wars of the 1800s with the purchase of the Ōrākau Battle site in the Waikato.
Te Maurea Whiritoi is made up of students from Hamilton Boys’ and Hamilton Girls’ High School representing the Waikato rohe.