Courthouse conversion celebrated
Posted at 12:49pm Monday 16 Nov, 2020
Mook Hohneck, watches a performance by children from Warkworth School.
The opening was well attended by supporters from all over the rohe.
Ngati Manuhiri officially opened its new headquarters last week (November 12) following the 18-month renovation of the old Warkworth Courthouse.
Settlement Trust chair Mook Hohneck said the opening was the culmination of a journey that began in 2008 when Ngati Manuhiri first filed a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal.
The irony of a settlement trust inhabiting a former instrument of the Crown was not lost on Mr Hohneck.
“Now we can take the pakeha to court and take all of their land,” he joked.
He thanked Ngati Whatua, Ngati Rehua, Paoa and Ngatiwai for their assistance in the settlement claim.
“They supported us to negotiate our claim back when we had nothing.”
Mr Hohneck said there was much work to do in the iwi's new kainga, including educating rangatahi and building relationships with local industry.
The Warkworth Courthouse was built in 1880 and was used for magistrate sittings until 2012.
Some of the refurbishments include stripping back the interior paint to the original Kauri and the installation of a giant metal eagle mounted on the roof.