Te Tai Whakaea

One of the country's most senior historians was also in the Eastern Bay last week to launch Te Tai Whakaea - the Treaty Settlement Stories Project.

The Prime Minister, co-leader of the Green Party Marama Davidson and Waiariki MP Tamiti Coffey were among the dignitaries in Whakatāne on Friday to launch the bilingual multimedia project that aims to educate and inform about Treaty settlements and their impact.

Senior Historian with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Dr Monty Soutar was closely involved with the development of the project.

He says the project has been about four years in the making, and marks a turning point in Crown-Maori relationships.

Dr Soutar says it's imperative for all New Zealanders to know our history in order to move forward as a nation.

Michelle Keighley