Rewa Village returns to Ngāti Rehia

By Dean Nathan
  • Northland

Rewa's Village was an initiative by the community to stop the further loss of land on the Kerikeri inlet to developers. 

Now, over 40 years on, the control of the land will be returned to the people of Kerikeri, to Ngāti Rehia.

Today the gates of Rewa's Village re-opened under the management of Ngāti Rehia.

Under the new management, the histories presented by the guides are from a Māori rather than a colonial perspective.

A mecca for tourism, the Kerikeri Basin was once home to many senior Ngāpuhi chiefs but for generations now their descendants have struggled to retain any land in the area.

For the people, it's the beginning of the reoccupation of ancestral land.