A national day marking the New Zealand Wars has been set: October 28.
This date is same day as the signing of the 1835 Declaration of Independence.
The first commemoration day, in 2017, will be hosted by the Te Taitokerau tribes in Northland.
After that, the commemorations will move from year to year to recognise battle sites around the country.
The idea for this day was started 6 years ago by Otorohanga College students Leah Bell and Waimarama Anderson. They put forward the idea after a school trip to the Orakau battle site near Kihikihi, Waikato.
They started a petition calling for a commemoration day and in 2015 presented 12,000 signatures to Parliament.
The aim of the petition was to raise awareness of the Land Wars and to introduce the history in the national curriculum.