One man is bringing a little New Zealand history back to his land. Marcus Lloyd, an eighth-generation descendant, rebuilt a traditional pa site on his family land — in the exact location where the pa once exisited, centuries ago. A pa is a Maori village, or hill forts, that were used as defensive settlements. Lloyd used only natural materials found in the area, as well as ancient building techniques, to construct the entire fort. The site, once inhabited by hapu Ngai Tamatea, is now a wonderful tribute and reminder of the people that came before.
“I’m doing this to restore the history of our ancestry,” says Lloyd. “We would like visitors to experience it but as authentically as possible. Integrity is important. Our first priority was to restore our heritage. The second priority is education about the history of our iwi. Story-telling is another opportunity.” (Source: The Gisborne Herald)