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The government pledged $ 4 million to tell the stories about the wars in New Zealand.
Minister for Development Cooperation Māori, Nanaia Mahuta, announced that applications were submitted for the Te Pūtake o Te Riri wars and conflicts in Aotearoa New Zealand Fund, which supports whānau, hapū and iwi to promote and implement events that would commemorate wars in New Zealand.
"Our history is bursting with the remarkable rankatira whose ability in war, strategic and tactical performance are compelling and continue to affect how communities have settled and relate to their own story," Mahuta said.
"Yet only a small part of the community knows this story and it has to be shared and understood."
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The fund would offer opportunities to share stories that stemmed from a conflict, but still an important aspect of our New Zealand identity & # 39; were, she said.
The $ 4 million over four years would focus on raising awareness about history, key landmarks and people.
"We have a unique opportunity to build nationally and proudly by better understanding our history."
The government was committed to a shared sense of nation, she said.
The fund was intended for regional remembrance events of the conflicts that took place in the 1800s, as well as national events held on the national commemoration day.
The first national commemoration day took place on 11 March in Russell, and was organized by Te Tai Tokerau.
The next national remembrance day would take place in Taranaki on 28 October 2019.
Previous successful applicants had a price of $ 95,200 Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi to hold a two-day symposia Whakatāne in October last year and $ 71,200 for Raukawa Charitable Trust to organize a tour to four major war sites where Raukawa had an important involvement, held in April.
Te Puni Kōkiri is responsible for the management of the fund.
Details about how to apply can be found here.