The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development


Caritas is providing funding to create an educational resource to increase awareness of the massacre that took place in Rangiaowhia during the Waikato Wars.

Rangiaowhia/Rangiaohia was a thriving town for Ngāti Apakura and Ngāti Hinuetū before the onset of the Waikato Wars, which led to its ruin and the resulting migration of its people to find a new home.

All that now remains are a few monuments scattered along a road on the outskirts of Te Awamutu to remember the events that took place.

Caritas is providing funding for a project aimed at informing New Zealanders of the massacre of women, children and elderly people that occurred in the town during the Waikato Wars in 1864.

This is a joint project of Ngāti Apakura with The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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