The recognition of two places famous in Maori history have been approved by the Historic Places Trust. They will be marked by commemorative plaques. The first is at the site of the Matakitaki Pa, at Pirongia, eight miles from Te Awamutu There is very little left of the pa fortifications, but the site is remembered for a great battle many years ago between Waikato and Ngapuhi. The second plaque will be at Kawhia, to mark the traditional resting place of the Tainui canoe after it was dragged up from its landing. Both the King Country and the Waikatos claim descent from people who arrived in the canoe.