Battle of Rangiriri commemorated by carving

JENNA LYNCH
Last updated 05:00 19/11/2012

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A gateway carved in a tribute to those who fell in the 1863 battle of Rangiriri will be unveiled tomorrow.

The gateway, Tohu Maumahara ki Rangiriri, is made from salvaged totara and will be unveiled at a dawn ceremony at the Rangiriri Battle site.

New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga cares for the site and kaihautu Te Kenehi Teira said the Tohu was part of a range of work made in preparation for commemoration of next November's 150th anniversary of the battle.

"The idea came from an old gateway that was present back in the 1970s and the tohu - which incorporates symbols and designs using Maori iconology - tells the story of Rangiriri, including Kiingitanga and the Crown," he said.

"It is exciting to come to fruition after years of discussion and planning."

A hui was held in March 2011 to discuss the placement of the gateway. The gateway was named "Te Tohu Maumahara" - meaning "Symbol of Remembrance".

The gateway, which incorporates a carved front entrance and rear, is stage one of the Waikato War Interpretation and Education project.

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